Peter X. Ma, PhD

Richard H Kingery Endowed Collegiate Professor of Dentistry. Professor of Biological and Material Science. Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Professor of Material Science and Engineering. Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Peter X Ma received his BS and MS degrees from Tsinghua University in Beijing China. He received his PhD from Rutgers University and did his post-doctoral research at MIT and Harvard Medical School. Currently, Dr. Ma is the Richard H Kingery Endowed Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan. As a tenured Full Professor, he has quadruple appointments in the Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences in the School of Dentistry, the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and the Macromolecular Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering. Dr. Ma has published 214 full-length articles and 4 books, delivered 238 plenary/keynote/invited lectures and 205 regular scientific conference presentations. He reviews articles for over 80 journals (on 8 Editorial Boards). He is also an inventor of more than 30 issued and pending US patents. Dr. Ma chaired 52 symposiums and conference sessions, served on 33 symposium and conference organization committees. He also reviews grant proposals for NIH, NSF, DOD, and Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as many international funding agencies.

Among many of his recognitions, Dr. Ma received a Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Young Investigator Award, won a DuPont Young Professor Award, won a Distinguished Scientist (Isaac Schour Memorial) Award from International Association of Dental Research, won a Clemson Award from the Society for Biomaterials, was named one of the Top 100 materials scientists in the world (2000-2010). Dr. Ma was elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Fellow of the Materials Research Society, Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Ma is a member of the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan and collaborates with many faculty members in the center, focusing on the following areas:

  • Designing 3D microenvironments and artificial extracellular matrices for cardiovascular tissue regeneration.
  • Stem cell (adult stem cells, embryonic stem cells, iPS cells) delivery, cardiovascular cell therapies and tissue regeneration.
  • Novel nano/micro-vehicles and matrices for the delivery of nucleic acids (miRNAs, siRNAs, pDNA, etc.), proteins and drugs in a sustained, pulsatile, targeting, or environmentally responsive manner.
  • Biodegradable polymers, biomimetic materials, and nanomaterials for biomedical applications.
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