The Tian Research Group

 

Principal Investigator

Bozhi Tian

Bozhi Tian

Professor

Dr. Tian received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry from Fudan University, Shanghai, China, and the A. M. and Ph. D. degrees in physical chemistry from Harvard University in 2010, Cambridge, MA. His Ph.D. research with Professor Charles Lieber includes new nanowire materials synthesis, the fundamental study of high-performance nanowire photovoltaics and the application of novel nanowire devices in cells and tissue. He worked with Professors Daniel Kohane and Robert Langer as a postdoctoral scholar in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Dr. Tian is now a professor in the physical chemistry division. His current research focuses on the semiconductor-enabled fundamental understanding of subcellular biophysics, and the studies of the dynamics at the soft-hard interfaces. He has benefited greatly from working with a remarkable group of dedicated scientists, engineers, and medical doctors. His goal at the University of Chicago is to convey to his students and postdocs the same passion, drive, insight, and work ethic that his mentors instilled in him. Dr. Tian’s accolades during his independent career include the runner-up of Science & PINS Prize for neuromodulation (2019), inaugural ETH Materials Research Prize for Young Investigators (2017), C&EN’s Talented 12 (2017), Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2016), NIH new innovator award (2016), ONR young investigator award (2016), Sloan fellowship (2016), ONR director of research early career award (2015), AFOSR young investigator award (2015), Kavli fellow (2015), NSF CAREER award (2013), Searle Scholar award (2013), and TR35 honoree (2012).

Email: btian@uchicago.edu

 

Research Staff

 

Jiping Yue

Jiping Yue

Senior scientist

Dr. Jiping Yue is a research scientist specialized in biomedical engineering research. He graduated from Tsinghua University and Peking Union Medical College Hospital. Jiping then worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) before joining the University of Chicago. He has years of interdisciplinary experience with molecular & cellular biology, clinical research, and virology. At UChicago, Jiping has received the National PKU Alliance’s Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award, and the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) award from the Hope Fund.

Yiliang Lin

Yiliang Lin

Postdoctoral scholar

Yiliang Lin obtained his B.S. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2013 and received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at NC State University in 2018, under the guidance of Professors Michael Dickey and Jan Genzer. During his Ph.D., Yiliang’s research interests include synthesis, modification, and patterning of liquid metal nanoparticles for soft electronics and biomedical applications. In 2018, Yiliang joined Tian’s group and started his postdoctoral research in the James Franck Institute, University of Chicago. His research focuses on using living or soil-inspired materials to study diverse biointerfaces for healing and environmental remediation. Yiliang has received many accolades, including the NSF Research Triangle MRSEC Fellowship, Vivian T. Stannett Fellowship, Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Ph.D. students, and the Kharasch Postdoctoral Travel Award.

Jihun Park

Jihun Park

Postdoctoral scholar

Jihun Park received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Engineering (UNIST) in 2014. He obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Engineering (UNIST) in Prof. Jang-Ung Park’s group in 2019. He was then a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Jang-Ung Park at Yonsei University from February to September 2019. His Ph.D. research focused on wearable electronics integrated with wireless power systems. In 2020, Jihun joined Prof. Tian’s group as a postdoctoral fellow at the James Franck Institute, the University of Chicago. He is currently studying robotics for bioelectronics. In his free time, he enjoys cook and jogging.

Jing Zhang

Jing Zhang

Postdoctoral scholar

Jing Zhang joined Prof. Bozhi Tian’s group as a postdoctoral scholar at the James Franck Institute, the University of Chicago in 2021. She received her B.S. (2014) in East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) and she earned a Ph.D. (2020) at Peking University, where her research focused on soft electrode arrays for stable electrical and optoelectronic neural interfaces. She is currently working on high-resolution neuron modulation through biocompatible semiconductors.

Chuanwang Yang

Chuanwang Yang

Postdoctoral scholar

Chuanwang Yang finished his graduate degree in environmental sciences from USTC in 2021. In his prior research, he focused on nanomaterial design for spectroscopic determination of nanotoxicity in the environment. From 2019 to 2020, Chuanwang joined the Tian lab as a joint student, where he worked on biointerfaces for biological modulation and hydrogel-based bioelectronics. He is currently back to the Tian lab as a postdoc scholar and is working on tissue-like bioelectronics and robotics. Outside of the lab, Chuanwang is a professional photographer.

 

Graduate Students

 

Aleksander Prominski

Aleksander Prominski

Graduate student

Aleksander received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Warsaw, Poland. Aleksander joined a graduate program in Chemistry at the University of Chicago in 2016 and worked on ultrafast bioassays and discrete DNA-based assemblies of anisotropic nanoparticles in Prof. Weizmann’s group. In 2019 Aleksander joined Prof. Tian’s group. His current research involves the machine vision-assisted modulation of biological activity with the conductor or semiconductor-based systems. Aleksander received the Seymour Goodman Fellowship (2018-2019), Albert J. Cross prize (2018), an NSF MRSEC graduate fellow (2021), and the Olshansky Graduate Travel award (2021) at the UChicago. Outside the lab, he is a photographer, musician, and mixed martial arts fighter. 
 
 
Lingyuan Meng

Lingyuan Meng

Graduate student

Lingyuan Meng is a graduate student at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME). She obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from Jilin University. During her undergraduate, she experienced the design and development of smart material systems for controlled release via mesoporous silica nanoparticles and bioorthogonal chemistry approaches, respectively. In Tian’s Lab, Lingyuan is currently studying biological responses, specifically T cell functioning and signaling and extracellular vesicles (EVs) productions, upon external stimuli. She is excited to explore the burgeoning field of biointerfaces. Lingyuan received an Institute of Molecular Engineering Graduate Fellowship, and the PME travel funds. In her spare time, Lingyuan enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and watching sci-fi movies. 

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Jiuyun Shi

Jiuyun Shi

Graduate student

Jiuyun Shi received his B.S. degree in Qiushi Honors Program of Chemistry from Zhejiang University in 2018. As an undergraduate research assistant, he worked in Prof. Robert Langer’s group at MIT. At that time, he mainly focused on the research about temperature-triggered polymeric devices for long-term drug delivery. Currently, he is a graduate student in Tian’s lab pursuing his Ph.D. in Chemistry. His research has been focused on tissue-like materials for bioelectronics and robotics, and other aspects of translational medicine. He is also developing living materials together with Dr. Yiliang Lin and Dr. Jiping Yue. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and traveling. Jiuyun is currently the Eugene Olshansky Memorial Research Fellow.

 

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Pengju Li

Pengju Li

Graduate student

Pengju Li received his B. Eng. in Materials Science & Engineering from National University of Singapore and he joined the graduate program in PME at University of Chicago in 2020. Prior to PME he focused on skin-like sensortronics for robotics and human-machine interfaces in Prof. Benjamin Tee’s group. Currently, he is excited to explore tissue- and single-cell level bioelectrical activities and their interactions with biomaterials and bioelectronics. In his spare time you can find him experimenting in the kitchen, exercising in the gym, and looking for interesting creatures in the wild.

Changxu Sun

Changxu Sun

Graduate student

Changxu Sun graduated from Rice University with Magna Cum Laude, majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and minoring in Mathematics. During my undergraduate, I worked with Prof. Rafael Verduzco on developing flexible organic photovoltaics. My interested research area includes biocompatible, flexible and wearable electronics. I always believe that the great discovery in research should not be confined to the laboratory, but it should possess the potential to be applied to real life and to benefit people, so I’m also enthusiastic about entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. One of my role models is Elon Musk. I enjoy playing sports such as tennis, rock climbing, swimming, and also like hip-pop music.

Jessica Morgan

Jessica Morgan

Graduate student

Jessy Morgan is a fourth-year graduate student in the Biophysical Sciences program at the University of Chicago. She is co-advised by Dr. Bozhi Tian and Dr. Jean Greenberg. Jessica is using silicon and carbon-based nanomaterials to study peptide signaling in plants. She was awarded the NSF GRFP honorable mention in 2019, a Graduate Student Leadership Recognition Award in 2021, and the 2021 Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Predoctoral Fellowship. Jessica did her undergraduate work at Smith College where she got a BA in biochemistry and her honors thesis utilized DNA origami to study nanoscale cargo transport by teams of molecular motor proteins. She is passionate about interdisciplinary science and basic research as well as outreach and mentorship. In her free time, Jessica enjoys long-distance running and traveling.

Zifan Ye

Zifan Ye

Graduate student

Zifan Ye did her B.Eng in Materials Science and Engineering, Imperial College London, UK. As an undergraduate research assistant, she worked in Prof. Natalie Stingelin’s group to understand the effect of host polymer on the energy transfer of organic semiconducting materials. As a visiting student, she worked in Prof. Xiaohui Wang’s group at Tsinghua University on defect structures of lead-free KNN-based piezoelectric ceramics. She is currently a graduate student from the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering. Her research involves the electronic structure of Si-based materials for optically-controlled bio-interfaces (Co-advised by Prof Giulia Galli). Zifan received the 1st place in the Annual Meeting Lightning Talk Award at the Advanced Materials for Energy-Water Systems Center (2020) and a New Investigator Travel Award from the American Physical Society Division of Chemical Physics (2019).

 

Undergraduate Students

 

Clementene Clayton

Clementene Clayton

Undergraduate student

Clementene Clayton is an undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry and Molecular Engineering. She grew up moving often and lived in Palo Alto, Seoul, Boston, and Sydney. Outside of lab work and classes, she enjoys scuba diving, photography, and reading.

Ellie Ostroff

Ellie Ostroff

Undergraduate student

Ellie is an undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry and pursuing a pre-med curriculum. She grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and her hobbies include reading, writing poetry, and baking.

Kavita Parekh

Kavita Parekh

Undergraduate student

Kavita is an undergraduate student majoring in biochemistry. She grew up in San Francisco, California, and enjoys spending her free time playing frisbee, biking along Lakeshore Drive, hiking, and reading. 

Bernadette Miao

Bernadette Miao

Undergraduate student

Bernadette Miao is an undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Chemistry and a career involving teaching and research. Outside of lab and class, she enjoys baking, gardening, and running.

Elaine Liang

Elaine Liang

Undergraduate student

Elaine is an undergraduate student majoring in Philosophy while completing the pre-medical curriculum. She grew up in Los Angeles, CA but has lived in Taiwan and went on a bridge year abroad in Ecuador. Outside of lab work and classes, she can be found snorkeling, playing card games, and planning her next adventure. 

Jacob Phillips

Jacob Phillips

Jacob Phillips is interested in exploring the development and applications of novel biomimetic electronic and robotic systems. In his free time, Jacob is a competitive rock climber and an avid photographer.

 

 

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