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    Dan Ma is a lecturer in Aston Medical School (AMS) working on medical education and research. She is interested in brain stem cells in remyelination. Dan Ma obtained her medical degree and MD in China. She came to UK as a Royal Society Visiting Scholar at University of Nottingham, following which she completed her D.Phil on neuroanatomy at the University of Oxford. She moved to the University of Cambridge to continue biomedical research in several labs focusing on neurosciences.  While working in the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, she conducted various projects on adult brain stem cells in myelin regeneration, with a focus on translational medicine. She joined AMS in 2018. While continuing the study on remyelination, she has developed the projects on investigating the role of endothelial cells (ECs), including the ECs derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), in remyelination and neuroregeneration.



    • PGCert in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education. Aston University, UK
    • D.Phil. in neuroanatomy, University of Oxford, UK
    • Master of Medicine (MD) in neuroendocrinology, The Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, PR China
    • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), The Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, PR China

    Research Interests

    • Human iPSC derived neural stem cell and endothelial cell in the therapy for neurodegenerative diseases
    • Oligodendrocyte progenitor cell (OPC) and remyelination
    • Hydrogen sulfide and its pathways in remyelination

    Teaching Activity

    • Lecture on regeneration and repair
    • Tutor for medical students
    • Supervisor for research students

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    Adult brain stem cells in central nervous system remyelination

    Dr. Chao Zhao, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, the University of Cambridge

    Contact Details

    • Telephone: 0121 204 4526
    • Email:
    • Room Number: MB314C

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    External positions

    Visiting Researcher, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge, UK

    2 Jan 201830 Apr 2019


    • RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
    • Regenerative Medicine
    • Remyelination


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