Dr. Qu (Teresa) Tian is a Staff Scientist in the Translational Gerontology Branch, Longitudinal Studies Section of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute on Aging. With a unique background in neuroepidemiology, aging, and kinesiology, she has a long-standing interest in the interface between movement and the central nervous system in the aging process. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on identifying early phenotypes of the aging brain and neurodegenerative diseases and unveiling the underlying mechanism.
As an investigator for the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, she establishes a key collaboration between the neuroimaging and cognitive assessment resources of the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience within the Longitudinal Studies Section of the Translational Gerontology Branch. She also serves as a key link between research in rodents, primates, and humans relevant to aging, the nervous system, and movement.
She was the winner of the NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence in 2017. In 2016, she received the NIA Scientific Retreat Scientific Director Award and NIH Summer Research Mentor Award. In 2017, she received the Women Scientist Advisors NIA Excellence in Scientific Research Award. Dr. Tian received her Ph.D. in neuroepidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh and her M.S. in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. From 2013-2016, she conducted postdoctoral work in aging at the NIA.