Jianjin grew up in China and graduated from Lanzhou University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences (2008). He received his Ph.D. (2015) training in Dr. Feng Shao's lab at National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China, where he studied how our innate immune system recognizes invading pathogens. In particular, he identified the intracellular receptors for bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS, a major cell wall component from gram-negative bacteria) and identified the molecular mechanism of pyroptosis (a form of programmed, inflammatory cell death). For his postdoctoral training, Jianjin is interested in studying how neurons die in both health and disease. In particular, he is now focusing on how axons and cells die under stress or injury, a process called Wallerian degeneration. Jianjin is a Layton Family Fellow of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.