2015: Gao lab (Multiple PIs with Dr. Song and Dr. Shih) receives a new R21 grant for "Mapping Global Brain Connectivity Mediated by DISC1 Gene in Adult-born Neurons"
2015: Gao lab receives a new R21 grant for "Creating Normative Functional Brain Atlases during Infancy"
2015: Gao lab receives UNC Junior Facult Development Award
2014: Gao lab receives a new R03 grant to study "Prenatal cocaine exposure and functional connectivity in early infancy" (Co-PI with Dr.Grewen)
2013: Gao lab receives a new Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness Award to study "Functional Development Abnormalities Associated with Genetic Risk of Bipolar during Infancy"
2009: RSNA Trainee Research Prize, Radiological Society of North America
2009: Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad
2014: Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness Award
2015: UNC-Chapel Hill IBM Junior Faculty Development Award