Dr. Zhao is the Director of Mayo Biomechanics Core Facility. He is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering in Mayo Clinic. He is a Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He has combined expertise in both clinical and orthopedic research, especially in musculoskeletal tissue engineering. He has published over 235 papers in peer reviewed journals and several book chapters. He serves as an editorial board member for many journals and committee member for many professional societies such as the ORS, AAOS, AIMBE etc.