Zhao got his Ph.D. degree from the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (SIBCB, CAS) in 2006. After graduation, Dr. He pursued his postdoc research in Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, San Diego and University of California, San Diego(UCSD) from 2006 to 2012. Dr. He joined in Jiangnan University in 2013 as a professor.
His primary research interests involve studies in energy balance, lipids/fatty acids functions, sex hormones roles in obesity and type-II diabetes development, and elucidation of the underlying mechanism of obesity-induced breast cancer.