Professor Ju Yao graduated with a Masters Degree in plant protection from Xinjiang Agricultural University in 1995. He currently works at the Institute of Plant Protection, Xinjiang Academy of Agricultural Science focusing on IPM in cotton production systems. From October 2012 to November 2013, he is a visiting scientist in the Shelton Lab at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University.
In 2006, he was given the third Xinjiang Youth Science and Technology Award. He has also received the Xinjiang Science and Technology Progress Awards 2 times.
He likes traveling, pop songs and the internet. He used to actively participate in sports, but now prefers to watch matches on TV due to idleness.