Yu Lan completed his Ph.D. in 2008 at Peking University under the supervision of Professor Yun-Dong Wu. From 2002 to 2012, he worked as a postdoctral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles with Professor K. N. Houk. He then joined the faculty of Chongqing University. In 2016, he received the ＂Chinese Chemical Society Award for Outstanding Young Chemist＂. Professor Lan has been invited to introduce by ＂Author Profile＂ column in Angewandte Chemie. His current research interest focuses on theoretical study of the mechanism and selectivity for transition-metal-assisted cross-coupling reactions.