Ming Zheng studied physical science in his early career and received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electronics from Peking University and a M.S. degree in physics from University of Utah. He became interested in biology as he grew older and ended up getting a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry from Princeton University. He then conducted his postdoctoral work at the National Institutes of Health with fellowship support from the American Cancer Society. From 2000 to 2009, he was a principal investigator at DuPont Central Research and Development. In 2009, Ming joined NIST, where he is now a research chemist.