Zhexuan Gong obtained his bachelor’s degrees in both physics and computer science from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China’s Hubei province, where he was born. He then went to University of Michigan, where he obtained his PhD there in 2013. After graduation, he spent three years working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Joint Quantum Institute between the University of Maryland and the National Institute of Standards and Technology before being promoted to a research scientist in 2016. He is an active researcher in the broad field of quantum information and is particularly interested in understanding new quantum materials using concepts and tools from quantum information. In his free time, he enjoys playing piano, listening to classical music, reading novels, swimming and traveling.