Yao-Yuan Mao

University of Utah
Yao-Yuan Mao | University of Utah | yymao.github.io


My research focuses on the nature of dark matter, galaxy formation physics, and the uniqueness of our own Milky Way. In particular, I use astronomical surveys and numerical simulations study low-mass galaxies in the nearby Universe, modeling the relation between these galaxies and their host dark matter halos to learn about the underlying dark structures.

Galaxy-halo connection (left: dark matter halo; right: M31 Galaxy)

Below I detail the areas of my research interest, with links to selected papers. I also list the science collaborations that I have participated in and my contributions. You can also check out my Curriculum Vitae (CV) PDF icon, and a list of my publications.

Areas of Interest


I participate in many collaborative projects, including:

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