Yuan grew up in China and started at Zhejiang University in 2010. He was an exchange student at the University of Rochester at the second semester of his sophomore year and then officially transferred there. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 2014. As an undergraduate, he worked on the total synthesis of FK-506 in the labotory of Prof. Robert K. Boeckman Jr. He joined the Swager group in the fall of 2014 and is a graduate student in the Program in Polymers and Soft Matter (PPSM).