She shares the award with Jeffrey Tyner, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University. Ma's laboratory investigates novel determinants of tumor invasion, metastasis and therapeutic targets in breast cancer. Ma's research focuses on understanding how to regulate breast cancer metastasis, breast tumor radioresistance, and key breast cancer proteins and pathways to develop treatments.
The annual Wachtel Award honors early career investigators. They each receive $25,000 and deliver a public lecture on their research. Their award entry essays are published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.