Yuanning was born in Dandong, Liaoning and grew up in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. After obtaining the gold medal of the National Chemistry Olympiad of China, he started his undergraduate studies at Tsinghua University with an Outstanding Incoming Student Fellowship. Yuanning worked as an undergraduate research assistant on organic synthesis and supramolecular self-assembly in Professor Mei-Xiang Wang’s group at Tsinghua University as well as in Professor Jonathan Sessler’s group at the University of Texas at Austin. In the summer of 2016, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Biology as a Tsinghua Xuetang Talent Fellow under the supervision of Professor Xi Zhang with a research project on supra-amphiphiles. After that, Yuanning joined Professor Fraser Stoddart’s group at Northwestern University, working on artificial molecular machines and graduated with a PhD Degree in August 2021. He used to spend a little time with Professor Douglas Philp (University of St Andrews) working on a supramolecular polymer incorporating systems chemistry and mentor an undergraduate student with Professor Dong Jun Kim (University of New South Wales). He is now carrying out multiple research projects as a postdoctoral research fellow in the group.