Xiaowei was born in Wuyuan, the "most beautiful town" of China. He spent his early life there before he went to college in Beijing. At Peking University, he did undergraduate research in Prof. Ye's carbohydrate research group and continued to finish his master's degree there. In 2014, he moved to BU to pursue total synthesis training under the guidance of Prof. Porco. Xiaowei enjoys all kinds of sports in his spare time, basketball, tennis, yoga, swimming, sailing, hiit...and more.