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*, Ding Z, Li P*. 2017. Maize network analysis revealed gene modules involved in development, nutrients utilization, metabolism, and stress response. BMC Plant Biology 17:131. (*共同通讯作者)

2. Feng B, Ma S, Chen S, Zhu N, Zhang S, Yu B, Yu Y, Le B, Chen X, Dinesh-Kumar SP, Shan L, He P. 2016. PARylation of the forkhead-associated domain protein DAWDLE regulates plant immunity. EMBO Reports 17:1799-1813.

3. 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. (*共同通讯作者)

4. 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. (*共同通讯作者)

5. 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.

6. 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. (*共同通讯作者)

7. 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.

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

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

10. 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.

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

12. 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.