Dr. Tian is a native of China who received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing. In 1995 she moved to the United States to study at Princeton University where she conducted research on ultrafast laser spectroscopy and optoelectronic devices. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University in 2003. After her doctoral work she joined the staff of the Applied Optics Laboratory of the General Electric Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY where she worked on developing optical imaging technologies for biomedical applications. In 2005 she moved back to academia as an assistant project scientist in the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, where she started working on brain imaging using optical methods.
Dr. Tian joined the faculty of John Carroll University in August 2009 as an assistant professor in the physics department. She is interested in advancing optical imaging methods in biomedical applications.