He Tongchuan was born in 1962. He graduated from Chongqing Medical University with a Bachelor Degree in Medicine in 1984. He received his Master degree of Medicine at Chongqing Medical University in 1987, then a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, and a Postdoctoral degree in Molecular Genetics Lab at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute of John Hopkins Cancer Research Center in the United States from 1995-1999.
He is currently the Director and Assistant Professor at Oncology Laboratory at the University of Chicago, the Program Leader at Cancer Research Center at the University of Chicago, Graduate Mentor in Oncology Biology and Genetics at the University of Chicago, Member of the Oncology Biology Academic Committee, and Genetics Academic Committee, Review Specialist of National Institutes of Health (NIH) and New York State Department of Health Program. In 2002, he applied for the Overseas Young Scholars Cooperative Research Fund with Professor Huang Ailong of Chongqing Medical University and was appointed as a Visiting Professor of Chongqing Medical University and the Deputy Editor of the International Chinese Clinical Medicine Journal in 2002.
Recent years, Professor He has published more than 20 research papers in Science (First Author), Nature (Co-Author), Cell (First Author), Blood(First Author), Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (First Author), J. Biol. Chem. (First author) and other internationally renowned journals. He received the Oncology Genetics Award (1999) from the Foundation for Basic Research in Oncology, the Cancer Research Award from the Concern Foundation (2000), the Outstanding Science and Technology Youth Award from the Cancer Research Foundation (2000), and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the Schweppe Foundation for his remarkable scientific research achievements. He is also the reviewer for scientific journals such as American J. Human Genetics, EMBO J, Biotechniques, Cancer Research, Genomics, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Oncogene.