Wenji Ma


Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Wenji Ma is a postdoctoral research scientist in the laboratory of Yufeng Shen. She is interested in developing and applying computational methods to study genetic disease and immunity with transcriptome data. Her current work focuses on identifying key transcriptional factors and transcriptional program in normal human immune cell (e.g., dendritic cell and T cell) development utilizing single cell RNA-Seq data. Before joining Dr. Shen’s lab, she received her PhD in the Department of Computer Science at the City University of Hong Kong. 

Education History

PhD, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

BEng, Shandong University, China


Brahma V. Kumar*, Wenji Ma*, Michelle Miron, Tomer Granot, Rebecca S. Guyer, Dustin J. Carpenter, Takashi Senda, Xiaoyun Sun, Siu-Hong Ho, Harvey Lerner, Amy L. Friedman, Yufeng Shen and Donna L. Farber: Human tissue-resident memory T cells are defined by core transcriptional and functional signatures in lymphoid and mucosal sites. Cell Reports, 20.12(2017): 2921-2934.

Jaeyop Lee*, Yu J. Zhou*, Wenji Ma*, Wanwei Zhang, Arafat Aljoufi, Thomas Luh, Deguang Liang, Matthew Thomsen, Prakash Satwani, Govind Bhagat, Yufeng Shen and Kang Liu: Lineage specification of human dendritic cells is marked by expression of the transcription factor IRF8 in hematopoietic stem cells and multipotent progenitors. Nature Immunology18.8 (2017): 877.

Wenji Ma, Craig McAnulla, Lusheng Wang: Protein Complex Prediciton based on Maximum Matching with Domain-domain Interaction. Biochimica et Biophysics Acta (BBA)-Proteins and Proteomics 1824.12 (2012): 1418-1424. 

Wenji Ma, Yong Yang, Zhi-Zhong Chen, Lusheng Wang: Mutation Region Detection for Closely Related Individuals without a Known Pedigree. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (TCBB) 9.2 (2012): 499-510. 

*Equal contribution