I was born in 1984 in Nanchang, a nice city in South China, and lived there until 2001 when I left home for college in Beijing. I got my Bachelor degree in 2005 and Master degree in 2007 from the Department of Physics in Tsinghua University.
I flied to Basel, Switzerland immediately after my graduation ceremony at Tsinghua, and started my PhD study by writing a fortran code from scratch to run molecular dynamics simulations. I enjoyed my time in Basel with good collaboration with organic chemists and exposure to a lot of knowledge about drug design and pharmaceutical industry. I spent four years to obtain my Ph.D from the Department of Chemistry in University of Basel, and stayed another half year as a postdoc in the group to finish some great Monte Carlo simulations as well as to travel around the Europe.
With an enthusiasm for force field optimization and a postdoctoral fellowship from Swiss National Science Foundation on “Improving force field with NMR and pKa data”, I moved to US in 2012 to work with Alex MacKerell at the Computer-Aided Drug Design Center in University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and stayed here since then. From 2015 I have been splitting my time between the MacKerell lab and the Laboratory of Computational Biology at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH, attempting to push forward the whole simulation community towards more advanced models for molecular modeling and simulations.