Profile

EDUCATION

1978-1982    B.S., Biology, Peking University, Beijing, China

1983-1990    Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.  Mentor: Dr. Mark Ptashne                                                                  

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

1989-1992    Junior Fellow, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Harvard University and Harvard Society of Fellows, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

1992-2017    Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Full Professor, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

2017-present Professor, Institute of Genetics, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Research work

I was trained as a molecular biologist with Mark Ptashne at Harvard University. I became a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Harvard University (1989-1992). In 1992, I joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Research Foundation. In 2017, I became a National "Thousand Talents" Scholar and Professor of Genetics at the Institute of Genetics, Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, China. My earlier studies made significant contributions to the understanding of transcription mechanisms with several landmark publications, one of which was reprinted (in part) in a special 2004 issue of Cell commemorating its 30th anniversary. Our recent studies in the morphogen field have led to paradigm shifts, particularly with regard to experimental quantification and interpretation of morphogen gradient profiles and the uncovering of the molecular and developmental origins of robust embryonic patterning. We seek to understand how cells make fate decisions in response to positional cues in early Drosophila embryos. We aim to establish general principles of developmental biology through interdisciplinary efforts that combine quantitative experimental approaches and computational and theoretical approaches. *******We welcome graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to join us at Zhejiang University! Postdoctoral fellowships are available and we offer internationally competitive stipends. Interested candidates with strong research experiences (in genetics, biochemistry, developmental biology, molecular biology, computational biology or physical biology) may send application materials to jun_ma@zju.edu.cn for consideration. Information: http://www.ig.zju.edu.cn/redir.php?catalog_id=10011&object_id=22115

Contact

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E-mail:jun_ma@zju.edu.cn