Caixia Gao is Principal Investigator of the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prior to joining IGDB in 2009, she served as Research Scientist (Plant Genetic Transformation) of DLF-Trifolium’s biotechnology group in Denmark. Dr. Gao completed her Ph.D. in Agronomy from China Agricultural University, Beijing, and her M.Sc. and B.S. degrees in Agronomy from Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou. Her extensive research and professional experience has been in plant genome engineering, crop molecular breeding and plant genetic transformation. Caixia Gao’s research area mainly focuses on developing a highly efficient and robust TALEN and CRISPR/Cas9 platform in plant cells to enable targeted genome editing as well as employing the developed platform for targeted gene mutagenesis, addition and editing to identify and modify plants traits for high-quality, disease resistance and stress tolerance in crop species.