曾留学美国哈佛大学医学院、Fred Hutchinson 癌症研究中心2年。主持承担国家自然科学基金、教育部新世纪优秀人才支持计划、湖南省杰出青年科学基金4项。2017-2018年受聘“天山学者”特聘教授。
以唯一通讯作者或第一作者身份在International journal of cancer等国际专业期刊发表免疫遗传学领域SCI研究论文34篇。获湖南省自然科学奖、科技进步奖2项；获湖南医学科技奖2项。
共招收、培养6名硕士研究生，其中3人获湖南省优秀硕士学位论文奖。5次获中南大学本科、研究生教学质量优秀奖。获陈新民奖励基金优秀教师奖。以第1主编身份出版本科教材《实验免疫学和病原生物学》（人民卫生出版社）。任国际学术期刊HLA、Human Immunology的编委会(Editorial Board)成员。
Dr. Tian received his clinical medical education at Hunan Medical University (now the Central South University School of Medicine) from 1986 to 1992. He completed a 2-year postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Dr. Tian obtained his Ph.D. degree in Pathology & Pathophysiology from Central South University in 2006, and was promoted to Professor in Immunology in 2008. Since 2014, he has been the director of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology of the College of Basic Medical Sciences, one of the main centers for experiment teaching.
Dr. Tian has received a number of honors, including grants from the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University and the Outstanding Youth Science Foundation of Hunan Province, Awards in Science and Technology from the Hunan Provincial Government and Awards for Excellence in Teaching from Central South University.
Prof. Tian has long lasting interest in immunogenetics. In particular, he focuses his work on the HLA gene complex and its implication in diseases endemic in southern China. He serves as a peer reviewer for several natural science foundations and international journals, is an editorial board member of the journals HLA and Human Immunology.
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