Sheng grew up in a county by the Yangtze River in the central region of China. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, he came to Canada to pursue his graduate studies. Sheng obtained his M.Sc. degree and Ph.D. degree from the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Saskatchewan. During his Ph.D. study, Sheng focused on the ubiquitination system in plants, particularly on the functions of ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes (E2) in the model organism Arabidopsis. Before joining GIFS in January 2022, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Plant Sciences and the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Saskatchewan. Sheng currently works with Dr. Raju Datla to study the TOR pathway in plants.
Apart from doing research, Sheng enjoys spending time with his family. He also likes playing badminton at the Riverside Badminton & Tennis Club in Saskatoon.