Prof. Mingjie Zhang obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Fudan University, Shanghai in 1988, and his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry in the University of Calgary, Canada in 1994. After a brief postdoctoral training in the Ontario Cancer Institute, Toronto, Canada, he established his own laboratory as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 1995. Prof Zhang is currently a Kerry Holdings Professor of Science, Senior Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, and Chair Professor in the Division of Life Science, HKUST. He also directs the Center of Systems Biology and Human Health at HKUST. Prof. Zhang’s laboratory has been focusing on structural and biochemical basis of neuronal development and synaptic signaling. In recognition of his research achievements, Prof. Zhang has been recognized by numerous awards including the most prestigious “The State Natural Science Award of China” in 2006. Prof. Zhang was elected to be a member of the Chinese Academy of Science in 2011. He is also a Founding Member of the Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong.