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About Yinfa Ma

Yinfa Ma received his B.S. degree in chemistry December 1981 at Zhengzhou University in China and was retained at the same university as a director of undergraduate studies of class 1981 and then an instructor in Analytical Chemistry. Ma received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and minor Ph.D. in biochemistry in December 1990 from Iowa State University. From January 1991 to 2001, Ma served as assistant professor and associate professor in chemistry at Truman State University (Kirksville, MO). He joined the chemistry department at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri--Rolla) in the year of 2001. During his services at Truman State University and the University of Missouri--Rolla, he has co-chaired two international conferences: the APCE international conference (Asian-Pacific Capillary Electrophoresis and Related Microscale Separation Techniches) in 1998 at Dalian, China and in 2002 at Shanghai, China. He has served on the scientific committee since APCE was first initiated in 1996. He has also served on the science committee for Chinese Capillary Electrophoresis (CCE) since 1993. In addition, he has received numerous awards for his teaching and research.

He was named as an Honored Professor of Zhengzhou University (1994) and Zhongyuan University (2008), and Honored Professor of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, December 2000. He was named Curator's Teaching Professor in December 15, 2007.

Dr. Yinfa Ma’s research group focuses on environmental analysis, bio-analysis and bio-separations, including environmental contaminants, toxins, DNAs, proteins, peptides, amino acids, small molecules, cancer markers and other biological compounds. Research is conducted using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC), high performance capillary electrophoresis (HPCE), GC-MS, HPLC-MS, HPCE-MS, gel electrophoresis, and size-exclusion chromatography, in an attempt to develop new bioanalytical instrumentation and procedures. Laser spectroscopy, standard "wet" chemistry plus the extensive use of personal computers for data collection and data processing are also incorporated into all of the research projects. In addition, the group has focused on precancer screening for the past several years and will continue with this research project in the years to come. Precancer screening at the single molecular level is our eventual goal.


Present Curators' Professor Emeritus, Missouri University of Science and Technology Chemistry
2007 Associate Dean of Research, Curators' Teaching Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology Chemistry
2001 - 2007 Faculty Member, Missouri University of Science and Technology
1991 - 2001 Assistant Professor and Associate Professor, Truman State University ‐ Chemistry


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Honors and Awards

  • J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education (2008)
  • John W. Claypool Award for Medical Research (2008)
  • Faculty Excellence Award (2007)
  • UMR Outstanding Teaching Award (2006, 2007)
  • Dean’s Teaching Scholar (2004-2007)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Arts and Science, University of Missouri-Rolla (2002, 2005, 2006)
  • Wilbur Tappmeyer Outstanding Teaching award, University of Missouri-Rolla (2002, 2005)
  • Golden Apple Award (1998)
  • Researcher of the Year (1995)
  • Educator of the Year (1996)
  • Outstanding Scientist Accomplishment Award (1998)
  • Governor’s Award (1996, 2008)
  • Missouri Professor of the Year (1996)


1990 Ph. D. in Analytical Chemistry, minor in Biochemistry, Iowa State University
1981 B.S. in Chemistry, Zhengzhou University

Contact Information

320 Schrenk Hall
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, MO 65409-0010

(573) 341-6220
Fax:(573) 341-6033


Patents (2)

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Research Works (141)