Dr. Cong Cao is Associate Professor and Reader at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham, UK. Educated in both China and the United States, and in both the natural and social sciences, he has worked at the University of Oregon, the National University of Singapore and the State University of New York.

As one of the leading scholars in the study of China's science, technology, and innovation, Dr. Cao is the author of China's Scientific Elite (London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004) and China's Emerging Technological Edge: Assessing the Role of High-End Talent (with Denis Fred Simon, Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009). Most recently, Dr. Cao has embarked on a project examining China's biotechnology policy and participated in a study of the development of nanotechnology in China, both supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation.