Professor Dong graduated from the University of California at Irvine, where she majored in chemistry and completed an honor’s project with Larry Overman at the Overman Lab. After graduation, she joined David MacMillan’s group at UC Berkeley, and then moved with the group to Caltech to complete her doctoral studies. Her PhD thesis featured varients of the zwitterionic-Claisen rearrangement and a total synthesis of erythronolide B. As an NIH postdoctoral fellow, Professor Dong pursued training in organometallic and supramolecular chemistry at Berkeley. She began her independent academic career at the University of Toronto, where she was promoted with tenure and named the Adrian Brook Professor. After six years in Canada, Professor Dong returned to the University of California at Irvine to assume a professorship. Professor Dong’s research team is interested in new reaction methods, enantioselective catalysis, and natural product synthesis. Aside from research and teaching introductory organic chemistry, Professor Dong serves as an associate editor for RSC’s flagship journal, Chemical Science.