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Tian Research Group Department of Chemistry

Bioinorganic Research Group at Purdue

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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.


06/2024 - our collaborative research paper 'M(TEIM) complexes with M as Co and Fe: Analogues of classic M(TIM)' has been successfully published in Polyhedron. Congratulations to the entire team! Link

06/2024 - We are thrilled to announce that our research group has been awarded the prestigious NIH R35 MIRA grant for the next five years! This funding will support our ongoing study of metalloproteins involved in human iron homeostasis. We are deeply humbled by this recognition and grateful for the opportunity to advance our research in this critical area. Thank you to everyone who has supported our work!

05/2024 - Our collaborative paper titled 'Catalytically Relevant Organocopper(III) Complexes Formed through Alry-Radical-Enabled Oxidative Addition' has been successfully published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. Congratulations to everyone involved! Link

05/2024 - Undergraduate researcher Maggie Kim won the Summer Research Fellowship. This fellowship recognizes her outstanding research potential and will support her continued work in our lab over the summer. Well done, Maggie!

05/2024 - Congratulations to Eli and CJ on their recent graduation! Eli will be starting the MD program at the University of Cincinnati, and CJ will be beginning a PhD program at the University of Minnesota. Best of luck with your future endeavors!

04/2024 - Congratulations to undergraduate student Caitlin Birthright on winning the Tobias Memorial Award for Outstanding Chemistry Majors!

03/2024 - Our collaborative paper titled 'Fe(III) Bis-Alkynyls Supported by the TIM Macrocycle: Molecular and Electronic Structures and Altering the Nature of Charge Transfer Transitions through Reduction' has been successfully published in Organometallics. Link

02/2024 - Our collaborative paper titled 'Multi-electron Oxidation of Ce(III) Complexes Facilitated by Redox-Active Ligands' has been successfully published in Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. Link

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