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Qin Ma, PhD

Associate Professor

office: 310-G Lincoln Tower
phone: (614) 688-9857
fax: (614) 688-6600


​​mailing address:

250 Lincoln Tower 
1800 Cannon Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

Dr. Ma is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Operational Research B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics at Shandong University, China. Prior to his current position, he was an assistant professor of Bioinformatics at South Dakota State University (2015-2018), and he worked in bioinformatics as a postdoc and research scientist at University of Georgia for five years (2011-2015). Hence, he is a well-trained bioinformatics researcher and computational modeler of big biological data and systems, with the technical strength in developing combinatorial optimization techniques and data mining and modeling with the advent of high-throughput Omics technologies. 

His strong and long-term interests mainly focus on (1) understanding of how functional machinery encoded in a (meta-)genome; (2) elucidation of the metabolic systems and their regulatory mechanisms in a cell based on single-cell multi-omics data; and (3) development of enabling computational techniques in support of the above scientific studies based on big biological data. As of now, he has received research grants from NIH (R01 from NIGMS), NSF (PGRP), Sanford Research, and South Dakota State University as an independent investigator or a co-PI. He has published >60 research papers in leading bioinformatics journals such as Nucleic Acids Research, Bioinformatics, PLoS Computational Biology, Briefings in Bioinformatics, Molecular Therapy-Nucleic Acids, and International Journal of Cancer, which have been cited >700 times in the past five years according to Google Scholar.

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