The Tian Research Group

Welcome to the Tian group


In the Tian Group, we embark on a journey into the enchanting realm where biology intertwines with inorganic materials, driven by our passion to create new life-like materials and state-of-the-art devices. Our curiosity is piqued by the notion of emulating cellular behavior using cutting-edge semiconductor nanomaterials, as well as enhancing the capabilities of natural biological systems through the integration of semiconductor components. Relentlessly innovating, we strive to develop novel biophysical tools that unveil the mysteries of subcellular dynamics. Our quest for precision in controlling the electrophysiology of living cells in real-time is pivotal to advancing our comprehension of cellular signaling pathways. Recently, we have ventured into the captivating domain of composite-based active matter, pursuing designs and solutions that echo natural behaviors. We diligently examine how these insights can be harnessed to open new possibilities in regenerative medicine and beyond.

“When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple.”

Paulo Coelho, the author of “The Alchemist”


“The only metrics that will truly matter to my life are the individuals whom I have been able to help, one by one, to become better people.”

Clayton M. Christensen, in “How Will You Measure Your Life?”.


Group Highlights

Featured Lab Members

Jing Zhang is working to unravel the mysteries of regenerative medicine through the mesmerizing realm of subcellular modulation!


Featured News

Pengju Li’s “Exploring a Microcosm” claimed the silver 🥈 in the awe-inspiring Science as Art contest at the University of Chicago. Congratulations!

Featured Publications

Yiliang Lin et al. A Soil-Inspired Dynamically Responsive Chemical System for Microbial Modulation. Nature Chemistry

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