Dr. Ma has been investigating the neurobiology mechanism underlying drug addiction and alcohol dependence for 17 years. She received her PhD at Peking University, one of the most prestigious universities in Asia. After moving to the United States in 2006, she was a research fellow with Dr. David Y-W Lee in the Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She went on to a postdoctoral research fellow position with Drs. Christopher Evans and Michael Levin in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, then served as postdoctoral research associate with Dr. Yan Don in the Department of Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh.
In 2015, Dr. Ma was appointed Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program, Department of Psychology, Binghamton University-SUNY. She joined the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Indiana University School of Medicine in July of 2018 as an Assistant Professor.