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Tian Research Group Department of Chemistry

Bioinorganic Research Group at Purdue


About Us

We are an interdisciplinary research group in the Department of Chemistry and Purdue Institute of Integrative Neuroscience to decipher the molecular mechanisms underlying the complex biological systems. We aim to investigate the roles of metal ions homeostasis in neurodegenerative diseases, design functional metalloproteins for biosynthetic, biotechnological and pharmaceutical applications, and elucidate the molecular basis of the mechanism of magnetoreception.


04/2022 - Undergraduate researcher Eli Zuercher won M. Isaks & Tanner Scholarship for Excellence in Chemistry and Summer Research Fellowship. Congratulations! 

01/2022 - Tian lab welcomes undergrad students Christian Denault, Natasha Das, and Natalia Benesiewicz to our team!

11/2021 - Shimadzu LC-2050C equipped with PDA detector has been installed! Time to separate the enantiomers.

09/2021 - Tian lab welcomes CHM19700 student Samuel Lechlitner to our team! Sam will work on metalloprotein engineering.

05/2021 - Tian lab welcomes first-year graduate student Calvin to our team!

05/2021 - Tian lab welcomes undergrad student Eli Zuercher to our team! Eli is the first undergrad working in our lab!

04/2021 Shiliang's research paper on 'Stepwise nitrosylation of the nonheme iron site in an engineered azurin and a molecular basis for nitric oxide signaling mediated by nonheme iron proteins' has been published in Chemical Science! It has been selected for the "2021 Chemical Science HOT Article Collection".


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