Gong Chen is born in 1977 in Nanjing, China. Nanjing University (BS, 1998), Columbia University (Ph.D. 2004). He did his postdoctoral work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center before starting his independent academic career at the Pennsylvania State University in 2008. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2014. In 2015, he moved to Nankai University as a Professor. Research interests include the development of palladium-catalyzed and radical-mediated C-H functionalization reactions, synthetic and biological studies of complex peptides and carbohydrates.