Rong was born and raised in Ma'anshan, China. Rong did his Ph.D. study at MIT, where he worked in the lab of Prof. Steve Buchwald. His graduate research focused on transition metal-catalyzed alkene transformations, including a series of copper-catalyzed enantioselective radical lactonization reactions. After he obtained Ph.D. degree in 2015, he has been performing postdoctoral research in the lab of Prof. Tim Swager at MIT. In the Swager lab he is working on diverse topics including RFID sensor technology, responsive polymer coatings and small molecule ion probes.
Rong did his undergraduate research in Profs. Zhen Yang and Jiahua Chen's lab at Peking University, China, where he studied the total synthesis of natural macrolactams. During the sophomore year he spent a summer working in the lab of Prof. John Wolfe at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on palladium-catalyzed carboamination reactions.
Rong enjoys playing basketball and is a Celtics fan since high school.