Chunlei completed his MSc in Microbiology at Shandong University in China in July 2015. He used comparative genome analysis to decipher the genetic variances and underlying molecular mechanism in a highly efficient xylose-fermenting strain of yeast. Prior to joining HIRI, he worked as a project engineer in Singapore applying CRISPR-based tools to engineer yeast. He joined the Beisel lab as a PhD student in 2018 and is currently focusing on advancing CRISPR-based technologies in bacteria. Outside of the lab, Chunlei enjoys spending time cooking, hiking and playing games with friends.