The Tian Research Group

Welcome to the Tian group


In the Tian Group, we are immersed in the mesmerizing intersection of biology and electronic materials. Our enthusiasm fuels our work in crafting innovative materials and cutting-edge devices that mimic life. We are intrigued by replicating cellular functions using advanced semiconductor materials and enhancing biological systems with semiconductor technology. Our commitment to innovation leads us to create groundbreaking biophysical tools, shedding light on the intricacies of subcellular processes. A key focus of our research is mastering the real-time control of cellular electrophysiology, crucial for understanding cellular communication. Since 2012, our journey has explored the fascinating field of living electronics made from composite materials, aiming to mirror natural processes. We look to the future, aspiring to a world transformed by our discoveries, offering new possibilities in healing, environmental balance, and scientific exploration.

“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

Kudos to Jiuyun Shi on the successful defense of his doctoral dissertation! A truly impressive achievement! Watch the video below to explore Jiuyun’s remarkable journey.


Featured News

Pengju Li’s paper has just been published in Nature, marking a major milestone that has been a decade in the making! A heartfelt thank you to Pengju for his monumental contribution and for leading us to this moment of triumph!

Featured Publications

Xiaodan Huang and Lingyuan Meng et al. Multimodal probing of T cell recognition with hexapod heterostructures.  Nature Methods

See the paper.

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