Lin Tian received her PhD in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology from Northwestern University. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Prior to joining the Max Planck Florida Institute, Lin Tian was a professor and vice chair in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of California Davis School of Medicine, where she will continue as a clinical professor.
Lin Tian is developing new technologies that expand our understanding of the structure, function and development of neural circuits. For example, she has developed biosensors that allow researchers to better understand the role of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. These sensors can be used to study how circuits are regulated in the brain and what diseases occur when this regulation fails.
Lin Tian is also working on a unifying theory of how neurotransmitters and neuromodulatory systems work together, from molecules to behavior. This fundamental knowledge will support the development of new, faster-acting therapeutics for neurological and psychiatric disorders.