Yuan Gao joined the finance faculty at George Mason University's School of Management as an assistant professor after obtaining her PhD in Finance from Cornell University in May 2005. Before joining Mason, Gao taught at the Johnson Graduate School of Management of Cornell University and received Dean’s recognition for teaching excellence.
Gao's research interests are in corporate finance, empirical market microstructure, investments and international finance. Her current research focuses on how various market participants respond to key corporate events such as earnings announcements, takeover announcements and IPO lockup expirations. Gao has presented her research at the Western Finance Association and the Financial Management Association conferences.