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Research fellow at the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Tian received a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from Beijing Normal University (BNU) in 2005 and a PhD degree in molecular biology and biochemistry in 2010 from the National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing and BNU. From 2010 to 2016, she conducted postdoctoral studies at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the University of California, Berkeley.
In 2016, Tian joined the CAS Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology as a research fellow. She serves as chief scientist for youth projects in the National Key Research and Development Project of China, which was launched by the Ministry of Science and Technology, as well as in general and key programs funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the CAS Strategic Priority Research Program.
Tian won second-place prizes in the National Natural Science Award and the Beijing Science and Technology Award. She had an exclusive interview with Journal of Cell Biology in 2021.
Tian is a council member of the Biophysical Society of China (BSC) and the Beijing Society for Cell Biology, as well as a committee member of the Academic Subgroup of Free Radical Biology and Free Radical Medicine, the Mitochondrial Biology Academic Subgroup and the Academic Subgroup of Subcellular Structures and Functions at the BSC.
Tian studies mitochondrial stress and its aging regulation mechanism. She explores the homeostasis maintenance and repair mechanisms of mitochondria after stress, and their role in aging regulation and aging related neurodegenerative disorders, using model organisms, such as nematodes, cells and mice.