Yanhe Ma was born in Hebei, China, in 1961. He received his B.S. degree in biology from Nankai University, Tianjin, China, in 1983 and Ph.D. degree in fermentation engineering from Jiangnan University, Jiangsu, China. Since 1983, he is with the Extremophiles Research Laboratory of the Institute of Microbiolgy, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He performed research at the Alicante University, Spain (1992) and the Leicester University, UK (2001), as a visiting scientist. Currently, he is a Professor of microbiology at the Institute of Microbiology, CAS, and the Vice Director of the State Key Laboratory of Microbial Resources. He is also the Director of the newly founded Tianjin Industrial Biotechnology R&D Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is mainly interested in the biodiversity, physiology, and application of extremophiles. He received the Invention Award of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999 and the National Award of Advanced Science and Technology in 2000. Moreover, he is a Member of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP) Subcommittee on Taxonomy of Halobacteriaceae. He is also the Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Chinese Society of Biotechnology and the Vice Chairman of the Glycobiotechnology Subcommittee of Chinese Society of Biotechnology. In addition, he is the Vice President of the Beijing Society for Microbiology.
Biography Updated on 23 April 2009