- Fellowship in 2004 at Harvard University
- Scholarship in 2001 at University of Oxford
Prof. Eddie Chi-Him Ma obtained a BSc degree in Biology with first-class honours from The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1997 and received his M.Phil. in Molecular Endocrinology from The University of Hong Kong in 2000.
In 2001, he was awarded the Croucher Foundation Scholarship to study central nervous system regeneration at the University of Oxford with Dr. Jeremy Taylor. After obtaining a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford in 2005, he moved to the United States for postdoctoral training in peripheral nerve regeneration at the Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School with Professor Clifford Woolf before joining The City University of Hong Kong in 2011.
He has been the recipient of several awards and honours, including the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship at The University of Hong Kong (1997-1999), the Croucher Foundation Scholarship at the University of Oxford (2001-2004), and the Croucher Foundation Fellowship at Harvard University (2005-2007).
Prof. Ma is currently a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at The City University of Hong Kong. Most of his efforts have been directed toward understanding the molecular mechanisms of neuroplasticity. His research focuses mainly on understanding the intrinsic molecular machinery necessary for central and peripheral nervous system regeneration after injury using a multidisciplinary approach spanning cell biology, molecular biology, anatomy, animal behavior, and genetics. His research studies the growth capacity of injured neurons and functional recovery using in vitro cell culture and in vivo animal models, which will provide new insights into the mechanisms of nervous system regeneration. His ultimate goal is to develop a new strategy to promote axonal regeneration after injury and to improve our understanding and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.