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Qu (Teresa) TIAN

Qu (Teresa) Tian
Title: Associate Scientist
Office(s): Longitudinal Studies Section (LSS)
Phone Number: 410-558-8232
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Qu (Teresa) Tian, Ph.D. is an epidemiologist in the field of aging and geroscience. Trained in neuroepidemiology (Ph.D.), aging (post-doc), and kinesiology (MS), her interdisciplinary research centers on the brain and body crosstalk in the interface between aging central nervous system and neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Tian joined the NIA in 2013 where she has established a line of research (1) elucidating the complex relationship between physical function and brain aging and neurodegeneration and (2) investigating underlying mechanisms through imaging- and blood-based biomarkers using data from observational studies across the US and Europe. Dr. Tian serves as lead investigator in several NIA intramural grants and collaborates with intramural and extramural researchers. She has published 70+ peer-reviewed journal manuscripts/book chapters and mentored several trainees. She is the recipient of the Women Scientist Advisors NIA Excellence in Scientific Research Award and NIH Summer Research Mentor Award. Dr. Tian is currently the Associate Scientist of the Translational Gerontology Branch Longitudinal Studies Section, NIA.

Research Interests/Portfolio

Dr. Tian’s interdisciplinary research focuses on the interface between movement and central nervous system in aging and neurodegeneration. Current research interests include (1) mechanisms of dual cognitive and mobility decline in aging and Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD); (2) investigating the role of mitochondrial energetics in AD/ADRD; (3) metabolomic biomarkers underlying functional decline and AD/ADRD; (4) olfactory function in the development of functional decline and AD/ADRD

Selected Publications

  1. Tian Q, Bilgel M, Walker KA, Moghekar AR, Fishbein KW, Spencer RG, Resnick SM, Ferrucci L. Skeletal muscle mitochondrial function predicts cognitive impairment and is associated with biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease and neurodegeneration. Alzheimer's & Dementia. 2023 Aug 2. PMID: 37530130
  2. Tian Q, An Y, Kitner-Triolo MH, Davatzikos C, Studenski SA, Ferrucci L, Resnick SM. Associations of Olfaction with Longitudinal Trajectories of Brain Volumes and Neuropsychological Function in Older Adults. Neurology. 2023 Feb 28;100(9):e964-74. PMID: 36460474. PMCID: PMC9990434PMC8844110
  3. Tian Q, Mitchell BA, Zampino M, Fishbein KW, Spencer RG, Ferrucci L. Muscle mitochondrial energetics predicts mobility decline in well‐functioning older adults: The baltimore longitudinal study of aging. Aging Cell. 2022 Feb;21(2):e13552.PMID: 35048491; PMCID: PMC8844110
  4. Tian Q, Studenski SA, Montero-Odasso M, Davatzikos C, Resnick SM, Ferrucci L. Cognitive and neuroimaging profiles of older adults with dual decline in memory and gait speed. Neurobiology of Aging. 2021 Jan;97:49-55. PubMed PMID: 33152563.
  5. Tian Q, Mitchell BA, Moaddel R, Zoccali C, Bandinelli S, Ferrucci L. Metabolomic markers mediate erythrocyte anisocytosis in older adults. Journal of Internal Medicine. 2023 May;293(5):589-599. PMID: 36739565
  6. Tian Q, Resnick SM, Mielke MM, Yaffe K, Launer LJ, Jonsson PV, Grande G, Welmer AK, Laukka EJ, Bandinelli S, Cherubini A, Rosano C, Kritchevsky SB, Simonsick EM, Studenski SA, Ferrucci L. Association of Dual Decline in Memory and Gait Speed With Risk for Dementia Among Adults Older Than 60 Years: A Multicohort Individual-Level Meta-analysis. JAMA Network Open. 2020 Feb 5;3(2):e1921636. PMID: 32083691; PMCID: PMC7043189.


Complete list of Dr. Tian’s publications.

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