Zhiyao Zhan was born in Beijing, China and came to UC Berkeley in the fall of 2014. Zhiyao is currently a junior pursuing a degree of Chemical Biology in College of Chemistry. Zhiyao joined the Hartwig group in the fall of 2016 and is currently working on the expression and purification of proteins, as well as preparation of mutant protein plasmids. He is also very interested in the synthesis of chemical substrates and screening of enzymatic and catalytic reactions. In his spare time, Zhiyao likes watching some TV shows, playing sports and watching NBA games.