Ma_Jianjie_460x460Karl P. Klassen Chair in Thoracic Surgery
Investigator, Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute

378 Biomedical Research Tower
460 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210


Dr. Jianjie Ma is the Karl P. Klassen Chair of Thoracic Surgery. His research focuses on aging biology, cardiovascular disease, regenerative medicine and cancer research. He discovered MG53 as a key member of the cell membrane repair machinery. His laboratory is working to develop MG53 as a potential therapeutic agent to treat acute tissue injuries, wound healing and aging-related diseases. Dr. Ma has mentored many PhD and clinician scientists who went on to become leaders in academia, medicine and pharmaceutical industries.

Dr. Ma was recently invited to present at WexMed Live 2018.


  • PhD: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, Physiology and Biophysics
  • Postdoctoral: Rush University School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, Physiology and Biophysics

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Geriatric research
  • Muscle physiology
  • Cancer biology
  • Regenerative medicine

Current Funding

  • RO1-DK106394
    Targeting cell membrane repair for treatment of acute kidney injury  
  • RO1-AR061385
    MG53-mediated membrane repair in muscle physiology and disease
  • RO1-AR070752
    Myokine function of MG53 in muscle injury repair and regeneration
  • RO1-AG056919
    Hydrogel encapsulation of a tissue repair protein to treat chronic wounds
  • RO1-HL138570
    Ca signaling cross-talk from SR to mitochondria in heart muscle
PubMed articles