Dr. Zhao’s research focuses on the reaction mechanisms of biosynthetic and industrial enzymes, DNA chemical modifications, and protein post-translational modifications. After completing his undergraduate studies at University of Science and Technology of China, he attended the Key State Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications and obtained his M.Sc. from Peking University. Then he moved to computational chemistry under Prof. Yundong Wu’s mentorship and received his Ph.D. from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2002. He joined Prof. Kendall N. Houk’s group at University of California, Los Angeles, and then worked at Physical and Chemical Properties Division on a PM-USA fellowship at National Institute of Standards and Technology, Maryland, USA. Zhao returned to China and joined Shanghai Jiao Tong University as a full professor in 2009. He has received awards that include UCLA Excellent Postdoctor, Pujiang Talent, Shanghai Oriental Scholar, and MOE New-Century Excellent Talent.