Lo Teng-Yi, born in 1906 in Guiyang, Guizhou province, graduated from Department of Agricultural Chemistry at Beijing Normal University in 1928. In 1935, Lo was enrolled in the University of Minnesota and received a master’s degree in agricultural biochemistry in 1937.
After returning to China, Lo taught successively at Beijing University, North-west Agriculture University, and Zhejiang University. Lo served as a professor and dean at College of Agriculture at Guizhou University. After the establishment of People’s Republic of China, Lo served as the president of Guizhou Agriculture University, a member of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee in Guizhou and its vice chairman, a representative of the People’s Congress for many years in Guizhou and deputy director of its standing committee, a representative of National People’s Congress. Lo also served the vice director-general of the Department of Agriculture in Guizhou, a board member of Chinese Chemical Society, a board member of Chinese Agricultural Society and Chinese Society of Biochemistry, chair for the boards of Guizhou Agricultural Society and Guizhou Society of Biochemistry, vice director of science committee in Guizhou, dean of the Guizhou branch of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, an academic committee member of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Lo also served as an honorary president at Guizhou University after 1997.