Kan Cao received the B Sc degree in Biology from the Nanjing University China in 1997, and Ph.D. degree in Biology from the Johns Hopkins University in 2005. She did her postdoctoral fellowship in genomics at the National Institutes of Health between 2005-2010. She is an associate professor of cell biology and molecular genetics at the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Cao studies molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying Hutchinson Gilford progeria syndrome, a rare premature aging disease, and the normal human aging process. She was named the New Scholar in Aging by the Ellison Medical Foundation in 2011, received Board of Visitors junior faculty award from the University of Maryland in 2013, and was the finalist of the Invention of the Year by the University of Maryland in 2016.