Ma Lab

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry




  1. Biodegradable and bioactive polymers for 3D tissue engineering and controlled drug delivery.
  2. Biomimetic materials: Development of novel synthetic biomaterials inspired by natural materials especially the extracellular matrix.
  3. Polymer-cell interactions for cell proliferation, differentiation, and tissue regeneration
  4. Regeneration of 3D functional tissues (bone, cartilage, dental, orofacial, and cardiovascular tissues) in bioreactors and animal models.
  5. Therapeutic delivery: Nano/micro-spheres and matrices for the delivery of drugs and biological molecules (peptides, proteins, DNA, RNA) in a sustained, pulsatile, targeted, or/and environmentally responsive manner.
  6. Phase-separation and self-assembly: Physical mechanisms and biomedical applications of three-dimensional ordered structure formation, especially at the nanometer scale


peter ma

Principal Investigator

Professor, Schools of Dentistry, Engineering, and Medicine

Peter X Ma is the Richard H Kingery Endowed Collegiate Professor of Biologic and Materials Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Macromolecular Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research is in the areas of biomaterials, biomedical polymers, controlled release, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine. He pioneers biomimetic scaffold development to design microenvironments for tissue regeneration. He also develops controlled delivery systems for nucleic acids, peptides, proteins, and small molecules in sustained, pulsatile, and targeted fashions. Dr. Ma has published 5 books, more than 300 full-length research articles, and about 40 distinct US Patents and patent applications. He has also delivered about 300 invited/keynote/plenary lectures at national/international conferences and academic institutions.

Among various recognitions, Dr. Ma received a Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Young Investigator Award, a DuPont Young Professor Award, a Distinguished Scientist Award (Isaac Schour Memorial Award) from the International Association of Dental Research, a Clemson Award from the Society for Biomaterials, and a Top Cited Publication Award by the Biomedical Engineering Society over its 50 years history (ABE). He was named one of the Top 100 materials scientists in the world by Thomson Reuters. He is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, Fellow of the Materials Research Society, and Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Key publications:

View the complete listing of publications by Dr. Ma


kemao xiu

Kemao Xiu, PhD

Research investigator
Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics (BMSP)

Polymeric gene vectors, biodegradable scaffolds for tissue engineering, and hydrogels for drug delivery.

ruonan dong

Yiming Li, PhD

Research Fellow
Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics (BMSP) e

Nanofibrous scaffolds for tissue regeneration via cells and peptides delivery.

semin kim

Tongqing Zhou

Ph.D. Candidate
Macromolecular science and engineering

Tissue engineering scaffolds for bone and vascular regeneration, microspheres for drug delivery.

yasmine doleyres

Rafael Correia Cavalcante, DDS, OMFS

Ph.D. student
Oral Health Sciences PhD Program

Nanofibrous biodegradable scaffolds for fibrocartilage regeneration.

raha kannan

Xianrui "Sherry" Yang, DMD, PhD

Orthodontics Resident
Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry

Regulation mechanism of hBMSCs osteogenic differentiation for craniofacial bone regeneration.

yishan chen

Yushan Chen

Master student
Materials Science and Engineering

Synthesis of low molecular weight PLLA microspheres with controlled structure and size.

Jessica Kaczor

Jessica Kaczor

Undergraduate student
Interest: Biochemistry,  Materials Science Engineering.

Ma lab


Ma Lab
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Room 2211
1011 North University
Ann Arbor 48109, MI

Phone: 734-764-2209