Zhong is an expert in mRNA display and in vitro selection platforms for the discovery of unnatural amino acid macrocyclic peptide drugs. He has more than 30 years of experience in biochemistry and cellular/molecular biology. He pioneered the discovery platform and built out the team at Ra Pharma to launch campaigns for more than 30 targets that culminated in multiple clinical candidates, with one product in several late-stage trials. He was previously an associate professor of biochemistry, Nanjing University. He earned a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Nanjing University.