Wenrui was born in Ganzhou, China. He obtained his B.S. in chemistry from Nankai University in 2016. As an undergraduate, Wenrui conducted research on membrane protein functionalization and related chemical methods with Dr. Chiming Yang. He joined the Sczepanski group after being accepted in the Ph.D. program at Texas A&M University in 2017. He is currently working on developing signaling and imaging methods for gene-expression using heterochiral DNA circuits.