Dr. Yinfa Ma, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of chemistry at Missouri University of Science and Technology and associate dean for research and external relations in the College of Arts, Sciences and Business, became director of the newly renamed Center for Biomedical Research at Missouri S&T today (Friday, Sept. 1).

The center was established in 2008 as the Center for Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration with a mission to research and develop advanced biomaterials and biosensors to help heal traumatized bones and other tissues. In 2013, it was renamed the Center for Biomedical Science and Engineering to reflect a broader array of biomedical approaches. The new name, the Center for Biomedical Research, took effect Sept. 1.

Key research and development areas in the Center for Biomedical Research include bioactive glass science and engineering; bioactive glass and bioactive ceramic scaffolds for regenerating bone; nanofibrous bioactive glass for healing soft tissue wounds; biomarkers for early detection of cancer; and nanostructured biocompatible phosphate devices for drug delivery and growth factor delivery.

Ma, who was selected as an American Chemical Society Fellow this past summer, has been a senior investigator in the center since 2010. He joined the Missouri S&T chemistry faculty in 2000. He was named Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2007 and associate dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Business in 2014.

In addition, Ma has been a senior investigator in the Environmental Research Center for Emerging Contaminants since 2006 and is director of the Center for Single Nanoparticle, Single Cell, and Single Molecule Monitoring (CS3M).

Ma has written or co-authored hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, has spoken at seminars and conferences across the country and around the world, and has authored book chapters for student study guides and solutions manuals. He also holds 12 patents.

Ma holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, a minor Ph.D. in biochemistry from Iowa State, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Zhengzhou University in Zhengzhou, China. Before joining Missouri S&T, he was an associate professor at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

A two-time recipient of the Governor’s Award for Education, Ma also received the President’s University Citizenship Award for Mentoring. At Missouri S&T, he also has received numerous teaching, research and service awards, including the Faculty Excellence Award and the Outstanding Teaching Award.