Christina Yao was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She came to the United States to pursue further education in science. She graduated from Columbia University with a doctoral degree in Genetics and development and now works as a researcher at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her specialty is to analyze big data related to the brain, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. While she was studying at Columbia, she enrolled in a writer’s program and focused on poetry and short fiction writing. Her literary work has appeared in Columbia Journal and The Baltimore Review. Her short story “Defection” was included in an anthology, On a Bed of Rice: An Asian American Erotic Feast (Ed. Geraldine Kudaka. New York: Anchor Books, 1995). She began creative writing in Chinese a few years ago. Her short stories appeared in a few literature journals in China, including Shanghai Literature and The Literary World based in Shanghai. And her first novel A Return to the Dream was published by Shanghai Literacy Publisher in 2010.