Chen Cheng was born in 1989 and grew up in Nanjing, China. He received his B.S. degree in 2011 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he did research with Prof. Maurice Brookhart on developing new iridium pincer catalysts for hydrogen transfer reactions. In 2012 he decided to come to UC Berkeley and join the Hartwig group. In his spare time he likes watching movies and tweaking computers.