MA Shisong
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    MA Shisong



    MA Shisong , Ph.D.

    Professor, School of Life Sciences

    University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

    443 Huangshan Road, Hefei, Anhui, 230027, China

    Email: sma(at)


    Personal Profile:

    B.Sc. (2001) Peking University, China

    Ph.D. (2007) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

    2007 – 2010 Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, USA

    2010 – 2013 Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Davis, USA

    2013 – 2015 Assistant Research Scientist, University of California, Davis, USA

    2016 – 2016 Research Associate, University of California, Davis, USA

    2016 – Present, Professor, University of Science and Technology of China

    Research Interests:

    Big Data in Biology

    Gene regulatory networks and their applications

    Plant gene modules functioning in stresses tolerance and nutrient uptake & utilization

    Selected Publications:

    1. Ma S*, Bohnert HJ, Dinesh-Kumar SP*. 2015. AtGGM2014, an Arabidopsis gene co-expression network for functional studies. Science China Life sciences 58: 276-286. (*co-correspondent author)

    2. Ma S*, Shah S, Bohnert HJ, Snyder M, Dinesh-Kumar SP*. 2013. Incorporating Motif Analysis into Gene Co-expression Networks Reveals Novel Modular Expression Pattern and New Signaling Pathways. Plos Genetics 9: e1003840. (*co-correspondent author)

    3. Padmanabhan MS, Ma S, Burch-Smith TM, Czymmek K, Huijser P, Dinesh-Kumar SP. 2013. Novel Positive Regulatory Role for the SPL6 Transcription Factor in the N TIR-NB-LRR Receptor-Mediated Plant Innate Immunity. Plos Pathogens 9: e1003235.

    4. Ma S*, Bachan S, Porto M, Bohnert HJ, Snyder M, Dinesh-Kumar SP*. 2012. Discovery of stress responsive DNA regulatory motifs in Arabidopsis. PLoS One 7: e43198. (*co-correspondent author)

    5. Lee HY, Bowen CH, Popescu GV, Kang H-G, Kato N, Ma S, Dinesh-Kumar S, Snyder M, Popescu SC. 2011. Arabidopsis RTNLB1 and RTNLB2 Reticulon-Like Proteins Regulate Intracellular Trafficking and Activity of the FLS2 Immune Receptor. Plant Cell 23: 3374-3391.

    6. Ma S, Bohnert HJ. 2007. Integration of Arabidopsis thaliana stress-related transcript profiles, promoter structures, and cell-specific expression. Genome Biol 8: R49.

    7. Ma S, Gong Q, Bohnert HJ. 2007. An Arabidopsis gene network based on the graphical Gaussian model. Genome Research 17: 1614-1625.

    8. Bohnert H, Gong Q, Li P, Ma S. 2006. Unraveling abiotic stress tolerance mechanisms - getting genomics going. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 9: 180-188.

    9. Ma S, Gong Q, Bohnert H. 2006. Dissecting salt stress pathways. Journal of Experimental Botany 57: 1097-1107.

    10. Gong Q, Li P, Ma S, Rupassara S, Bohnert H. 2005. Salinity stress adaptation competence in the extremophile Thellungiella halophila in comparison with its relative Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Journal 44: 826-839.


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    Job Opportunities:

    We are looking for motivated undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows to join our research team. Applicants with expertise in plant molecular biology and/or bioinformatics are particularly welcome. Please contact Dr. Shisong Ma (sma(at) with your CV and a description of research interests.

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