The O'Farrell Lab at UCSF
  After completed my BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Birmingham UK, I stayed and did a PhD on host-pathogen interaction. Then I joined the O’Farrell lab in early 2010 to start working with Drosophila. My current project is to study fly innate immunity and to find ‘the fly’ that will win me the Nobel Prize.

with wild-type Indian monkeys

Hansong's Publications
  1. Voelz K, Ma H, Phadke S, Byrnes EJ, Zhu P, Mueller O, Farrer RA, Henk DA, Lewit Y, Hsueh YP, Fisher MC, Idnurm A, Heitman J, May RC. Transmission of Hypervirulence traits via sexual reproduction within and between lineages of the human fungal pathogen cryptococcus gattii. PloS Genet. 9(9):e1003771, 2013
  2. Hagen F, Ceresini PC, Polacheck I, Ma H, van Nieuwerburgh F, Gabaldón T, Kagan S, Pursall ER, Hoogveld HL, van Iersel LJ, Klau GW, Kelk SM, Stougie L, Bartlett KH, Voelz K, Pryszcz LP, Castañeda E, Lazera M, Meyer W, Deforce D, Meis JF, May RC, Klaassen CH, Boekhout T. Ancient dispersal of the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus gattii from the Amazon rainforest. PloS One. 8(8):e71148, 2013
  3. Ma H, May RC. Mitochondria and the regulation of hypervirulence in the fatal fungal outbreak on Vancouver Island. Virulence. 1(3):197-201, 2010
  4. Byrnes EJ 3rd, Li W, Lewit Y, Ma H, Voelz K, Ren P, Carter DA, Chaturvedi V, Bildfell RJ, May RC, Heitman J. Emergence and pathogenicity of highly virulent Cryptococcus gattii genotypes in the northwest United States. PLoS Pathogen, 6(4):e1000850, 2010
  5. Ma H, Hagen F, Stekel DJ, Johnston SA, Sionov E, Falk R, Polacheck I, Boekhout T, May RC. The fatal fungal outbreak on Vancouver Island is characterized by enhanced intracellular parasitism driven by mitochondrial regulation. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA,106(31):12980-5, 2009
  6. Ma H, May RC. Virulence in Cryptococcus species. Advance in Applied Microbiology, 67:131-90, 2009
  7. Ma H, Croudace JE, Lammas DA, May RC. Direct cell-to-cell spread of a pathogenic yeast. BMC Immunology. 8:15, 2007
  8. Ma H, Croudace JE, Lammas DA, May RC. Expulsion of live pathogenic yeast by macrophages. Current Biology, 7;16(21):2156-60, 2006
  9. van den Berg MC, Woerlee JZ, Ma H, May RC. Sex-dependent resistance to the pathogenic fungus Cryptococcus neoformans. Genetics,173(2):677-83, 2006