Professor Lan Yang is the Edwin H. and Florence G. Skinner professor in the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. She is also the editor-in-chief of Photonics Research. She received a B.S. degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and received her Ph.D. in applied physics from Caltech in 2005. Her research interests have been focusing on the fundamental understanding of light-matter interactions and their applications. She enjoys investigating physics in various types of high-quality photonic resonators and exploring their applications for sensing, lasing, light harvesting, and communications. Her research in parity-time-symmetry and non-Hermitian physics in high-quality resonators have led to a series of new discoveries for unconventional control of light transport in photonic structures. Recently, her research interests expanded to hybrid optoelectronic systems including flat optics modified CMOS imaging sensors for multimodality sensing applications. She received the NSF CAREER Award in 2010 for her work on single nanoparticle detection and sizing using an on-chip optical resonator. She also received the 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). She is a Fellow of OSA (Optical Society of America), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), APS (American Physical Society), and AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).