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Dr Stephanie Ma 馬桂宜

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Assistant Professor

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Dr Stephanie Ma 馬桂宜

Title:
Assistant Professor

Also Cited As:
Ma, Stephanie KY
Ma, Stephanie K
Ma, Kwai-yee, Stephanie
Ma, S
Ma, Stephanie

Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
2000The University of British ColumbiaB.Sc.
2003The University of British ColumbiaM.Sc.
2007The University of Hong KongPh.D.
Biography

Dr. Stephanie Ma is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong. She obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degree at The University of British Columbia, Canada in 2000 and 2003, respectively, and her doctorate degree at The University of Hong Kong in 2007. Dr. Ma's research interest focuses on identifying novel stemness vulnerabilities in cancer, using Asian prevalent tumor types like hepatocellular carcinoma and esophagel squamous cell carcinoma as model systems. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2006/07 Li Ka Shing Prize for the Best Ph.D. Thesis (The University of Hong Kong), 2008 Hong Kong Young Scientist Award in Life Sciences (Hong Kong Institution of Science), 2012/13 Outstanding Young Researcher Award (The University of Hong Kong), 2014 Croucher Innovation Award (Croucher Foundation), 2014 Higher Education Institution of China - Scientific Research Outstanding Achievement Award (Second-Class Award in Science and Technology Section) (China), 2017/18 University of British Columbia Alumni Builder Award (Canada) and 2018 Ton Duc Thang University Scientific Prize - Rising Star Award (Vietnam). She is listed as a top 1% most cited scholars in 'Clinical Medicine' and 'All Fields' ranked by the prestigious ISI's Essential Science Indicators. To date, her publications have accumulated over 5100 citations. She has published extensively in the field of cancer stemness and hepatocellular carcinoma with a number of review articles and invited book chapters. Her original research findings have been published in leading international journals including those of Cell Stem CellGastroenterologyHepatologyCell ReportsStem Cell ReportsCancer Research and Oncogene. Findings from her research work have led to two successful patent applications and a commercial license to Merck Millipore. Dr. Ma is also a Principal Investigator of the State Key Laboratory for Liver Research at HKU.

 
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
2007-06-01Wong Ching Yee Medical Postgraduate Scholarship: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2007-06-01Dr. Lo Kwee Seong Education Foundation Travel and Conference Grant: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2008-11-01Hong Kong Young Scientist Award (Life Sciences Panel): Hong Kong Institution of Science
Research Achievement
2014-04-01Croucher Innovation Award: The Croucher Foundation, Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2011-11-01"Re-engineering Regenerative Medicine" of Days of Molecular Medicine 2011 Abstract Award: Days of Molecular Medicine
Research Achievement
2011-11-01Young Researcher Career Development Scheme: State Key Laboratory for Liver Research, The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2014-03-012012-2013 Outstanding Young Researcher Award, The University of Hong Kong: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2001-07-01Outstanding Young Scientist Travel Award: National Institute of Health
Research Achievement
2012-10-01Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award, The University of Hong Kong: Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2007-07-01Mary Sun Medical Scholarship: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2007-06-01International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Travel Award: International Society for Stem Cell Research
Research Achievement
2007-10-01Li Ka Shing Prize for the Best Ph.D. Thesis: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2017-12-01University of British Columbia Alumni Builder Award (Canada): University of British Columbia
Research Achievement
2011-12-01Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award, The University of Hong: Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
Chen, L
Li, Y
Liu, M
2014-12-01Scientific Research Outstanding Achievement Award (Second-Class Award in Science and Technology Section): Higher Education Institution of China
Research Achievement
2018-01-01Ton Duc Thang University Scientific Prize - Rising Star Award (Vietnam): Ton Duc Thang University
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
2011Principal InvestigatorState Key Laboratory for Liver Research, HKU
2018MemberFuture Forum Young Scientist Innovation Alliance
2017Founding MemberThe Young Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong
2018Councilor and MemberHong Kong Society for Cell Biology
2012Active MemberAmerican Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
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