Yao-Yuan Mao

NASA Einstein Fellow @ Rutgers
Yao-Yuan Mao | NASA Einstein Fellow @ Rutgers | yymao.github.io


My research interests surround the connection between the visible galaxies and the invisible dark matter halos. In particular, I study various approaches to model the galaxy–halo connection, make observable predictions using simulations and models and compare them with observational datasets, and quantify the influence of the galaxy–halo connection on our understandings of cosmology, dark matter physics, and galaxy formation/evolution.

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

Below I detail the areas of my research interest, with links to associated papers. I also list the science collaborations that I have participated in and my contributions. You can also find a full list of my publications on my Publications page.

Areas of Interest


I participate in many collaborative projects, including:

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Undergrad Research

When I was an undergrad, I had been working on many different topics, including: