Yingfei Ma Ph.D, Professor

Principal Investigator, Center for Synthetic Microbiome

Center for Synthetic Microbiome 



Address: 1068 Xueyuan Avenue, Shenzhen University Town, Shenzhen, China

Research Areas

Phageome, Phage synthetic biology


Sept. 2005-Apri. 2009, Ph.D., Microbiology, Institute of Microbiology Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China


Work Experience

Sept. 2015-Now, Shenzhen Advanced Institute of Technology Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lab PI. Associate Professor

Sept. 2012-Sept.2015, York University School of Medicine, Research Scientist

May. 2011-Sept.2012, York University School of Medicine, Postdoc

Jun. 2009-May.2011, University of California, San Diego, Postdoc scholar



1. Ling Chen, Quan Liu, Jiqiang Fan, Tingwei Yan, Haoran Zhang, Jinfang Yang, Deng Deng, Chaolan Liu, Ting Wei*, and Yingfei Ma*, Characterization and genomic analysis of ValSw3-3, a new Siphoviridae bacteriophage infecting Vibrio alginolyticus, 2020, Journal of Virology (accepted)

2.Ling Chen#, Jiqiang Fan#, Tingwei Yan, Quan Liu, Shengjian Yuan, Haoran Zhang, Jinfang Yang, Deng Deng, Shuqiang Huang* and Yingfei Ma*, Isolation and Characterization of Specific Phages to Prepare a Cocktail Preventing Vibrio sp. Va-F3 Infections in Shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei), 2019, Front. Microbiol., 11 October 2019,

3.Guoqin Mai, Limei Chen, Ran Li, Quan Liu, Haoran Zhang, and Yingfei Ma, 2019. Common Core Bacterial Biomarkers of Bladder Cancer Based on Multiple Datasets, BioMed Research International, vol. 2019, Article ID 4824909, 8 pages,

4.L. Chen, G. Guan, Q. Liu, S. Yuan, T. Yan, L. Tian, Y. Zhou, Y. Zhao, Y. Ma, T. Wei, X. Fu. 2019. Characterization and complete genomic analysis of two Salmonella phages, SenALZ1 and SenASZ3, new members of the genus Cba120virus. Archives of Virology. 

5.Jinming Cui#, Guoqin Mai#, Zuowei Wang, Quan Liu, Yan Zhou,Yingfei Ma* and Chenli Liu*, 2019. Metagenomic insights into a cellulose-rich niche reveal microbial cooperation in cellulose degradation. Front. Microbiol.28 March

6.Ling Chen, Shengjian Yuan, Quan Liu, Guoqing Mai, Jinfang Yang, Deng Deng, Bingzhao Zhang, Chenli Liu and Yingfei Ma*. In vitro design and evaluation of phage cocktails against Aeromonas salmonicida. Front. Microbiol. 2018

7.S. Yuan, L. Chen, Q. Liu, Y. Zhou, J. Yang, D. Deng, H. Li, and Y. Ma*, Characterization and genomic analyses of Aeromonas hydrophila phages AhSzq-1 and AhSzw-1, isolates representing new species within the T5virus genus. Archives of virology 163 (2018) 1985-1988

8. Y. Ma*, X. You, G. Mai, T. Tokuyasu, and C. Liu*, A human gut phage catalog correlates the gut phageome with type 2 diabetes. Microbiome 6 (2018) 24.

9.Jiang MZ, Qiu ZJ, Zhang GW, Gao SY, You XY*, Ma YF*: Mucilaginibacter xinganensis sp. nov., a phenanthrene-degrading bacterium isolated from wetland soil. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek 2018.

10.Zhenlong Yang#, Shengjian Yuan#, Ling Chen, Quan Liu, Haoran Zhang, Yingfei Ma, Ting Wei*, Shuqiang Huang*. Complete genome analysis of bacteriophage AsXd-1, a new member of the genus Hk97virus, family Siphoviridae. Archives of Virology. 2018. 

11.Jiqiang Fan#, Limei Chen#, Guoqin Mai, Haoran Zhang, Jinfang Yang, Deng Deng, Yingfei Ma*. 2018. Dynamics of the gut microbiota in developmental stages of Litopenaeus vannamei reveal its association with body weight. Scientific Reports 9:734

12.J. Cui, M. Xiao, M. Liu, Z. Wang, F. Liu, L. Guo, H. Meng, H. Zhang, J. Yang, D. Deng, S. Huang, Y. Ma*, and C. Liu*, Coupling metagenomics with cultivation to select host-specific probiotic micro-organisms for subtropical aquaculture. Journal of applied microbiology 123 (2017) 1274-1285.

13.Sun, Y.#, Ma, Y.#, Lin, P., Tang, Y., Yang, L., Shen, Y., Zhang, R., Liu, L.,  Cheng,  J., Shao, J., Qi, T., Tang, Y., Cai, R., Guan, L., Luo, B., Sun, M.,  Li, B., Pei, Z.*, and Lu, H. 2016. Fecal bacterial microbiome diversity in chronic HIV-infected patients in China.  Emerging Microbes & Infections.