Jennifer Ma is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto (UofT). She completed her BASc in Engineering Science at UofT, where she investigated the temporal effect of transgene expression on mouse embryonic fibroblasts reprogramming in her undergraduate thesis. Her current research at the Stem Cell Bioengineering Lab, led by Dr. Peter Zandstra, focuses on the development of a novel microfluidic-based, single-cell platform for rapid and direct enumeration of rare hematopoietic stem cells.
Jennifer is also an avid science communicator and illustrator, passionate in creating broadly accessible content for both the scientific community and public audiences. In addition to developing visual content for scientific publications including Nature Methods and Development, she designs educational materials for social media and science outreach programs such as StemCellTalks. Leading an international team of science communicators and artists, she co-founded STEAMotype, a growing Instagram-based community that promotes engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through art.