Chengjie Zhang received his bachelor's degree in Biological Science from Shanxi Agricultural University in 2015 and his Master's degree in Bioengineering from Shandong University in 2018. After graduation, he worked in Hantai Biotechnology co.,LTD. engaged in biomedical R&D. A year later he worked in Suzhou Lead Biotechnology Limited as a researcher for a year. Then he joined Li's lab at Shandong University as a research assistant, studying the biosynthesis of natural products.