Tao Ma Lab - Members

Meet the Lab

Tao Ma, MD, PhD

Tao Ma, MD, PhD
Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor

Dr. Ma received his MD in China and his PhD in Neuroscience from Mount Sinai School of Medicine at New York in 2008, working with Drs. Robert Blitzer and Emmanuel Landau. From 2008-2010, he was a postdoctoral research fellow with Dr. Gunnar Gouras in the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. From 2010 and 2014, he was an Assistant Research Scientist then a Research Assistant Professor at the New York University Center for Neural Science, laboratory of Dr. Eric Klann. Since 2014, Dr. Ma has been a tenure-track assistant professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.

Dr. Ma is a neuroscientist with specialization in learning, memory, and synaptic plasticity. His research focuses on novel molecular mechanisms underlying pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and subsequently trying to identify potential therapeutic targets or biomarkers for AD and other aging-related cognitive impairments. His original research findings on molecular mechanisms in AD have been published in many high-profile peer-reviewed journals—including the Journal of Neuroscience and Nature Neuroscience—and garnered international attention. Dr. Ma is a recipient and principal investigator of National Institute of Health/National Institute of Aging K99/R00 research grant, two R01 research grants, and he received the Alzheimer’s Association New Investigator award. He also serves as principal investigator of a research grant from the BrightFocus Foundation, is the current associate editor of Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the New York Academy of Science. 

Wenzhong Yang, MD, PhD
Research Fellow

Tao Ma lab group photo 2018Qian Yang, PhD
Research Fellow

Stephen Day
PhD student
Physiology and Pharmacology

Helena Zimmermann
PhD student
Neuroscience

Nicole Kasica
PhD student
Neuroscience

Xin Wang
PhD student
Neuroscience

Saahj Gosrani
MS student
Neuroscience

Hannah Jester
MS student
Neuroscience

Adline Metayer
MS student
Neuroscience

Jennifer Stern
Undergraduate student
Wake Forest Universtiy

Xueyan (Sherry) Zhou, MD, MS
Lab manager