Hairong Ma, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Hairong Ma

Office: Disque Hall 904
Phone: 215.895.6669

Lab Office: Disque Hall 927
Lab Phone: 215.895.1818

Website: Group Page, Personal Page


  • BS, Physics, Tsinghua University, China, 1994
  • MS, Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997
  • MS, Physics, University of Cincinnati, 1999
  • PhD, Biophysics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005

Research Interests

Protein folding, aggregation and mechanics; Ultrafast laser spectroscopy; Microfluidics-integrated live-cell imaging of biomolecular dynamics.


Hairong Ma received her PhD in 2005 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying the fast protein folding problem using laser temperature-jump (T-jump) method. She did her postdoc on ultrafast biomolecular dynamics at Caltech, and microfluidic-based live-cell reaction dynamics at University of Colorado at Boulder. Her current research focuses on the folding, mechanics, and aggregation of proteins and biomolecules in their native cellular environment. Her research employs a combination of experimental approaches that include the state-of-the-art laser spectroscopy, microfluidics-based nano- and micro-biotechnology, and confocal live cell microscopy, to interrogate and elucidate the physics of life processes at molecular and cellular level.