Xiaoyan Zhang received a B.S. degree in Atmospheric Sciences, as well as a second B.S. degree in Journalism from Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China in 1999, and an M.S. degree in Atmospheric Science from Institute of Atmospheric and Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China in 2002. From 2003 to 2004, she worked for National Meteorology Center, China Meteorological Administration, in support of operational satellite radiance data assimilation. From 2005 to 2011, she worked at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research), Boulder, Colorado, as an associate scientist, doing regional data assimilation research, including hurricane initialization and simulation, radar data assimilation, satellite radiance data assimilation, and forecast sensitivity to observation. She is currently a Faculty Research Assistant with Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center/Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (ESSIC/CICS) in support of GOES-R cloudy radiance data assimilation for National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Her current research interests are implementing geostationary satellite Infrared cloudy radiance data to regional data assimilation system, and investigate the impact of cloudy radiance data on high impact weather forecast with high resolution numerical model.