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Lena Ma

Published in  2017-11-21 09:39:02       

Professor of Environmental Biogeochemistry
 School of Environment
 Nanjing University
E-mail: lqma@nju.edu.cn

Talk title: Arsenic Oral bioavailability in Soils, Housedust, and Food: Implications for Human Health

Dr. Ma is a professor at the School of the Environment in Nanjing University.  She received her Ph.D degree from Colorado State University in environmental soil chemistry.  After her post-doc at Ohio State University, she joined the Soil and Water Science Department at University of Florida as an assistant professor in 1994 and moved a professor rank in 2003.  She received the Overseas Distinguished Young Scholar of CNSF in 2004, Changjiang Chaired Professor of MOE in 2006, and national Thousand Talent Professor of COD in 2011. For the past 30 years, she has been working in the areas of 1) biogeochemistry of trace metals in soil-water-plant-microbe ecosystem, and 2) phytoremediation and chemical remediation of trace metal contaminated water, soils, and wastes.  She is known for discovering the first-known arsenic-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata (Chinese brake fern), which was reported in Nature in 2001.  She is a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Society of Soil Science (ASSS), and American Society of Agronomy (ASA).  She received the Discovery 2001 Award from the Royal Geographical Society and Discovery Networks Europe and she is a recipient of USDA Secretary’s Honor Award in 2004.  She is currently on the editorial boards of 6 international SCI journals including Environment International and Journal of Hazardous Material.  Professor Ma publishes widely with >300 SCI papers including in Nature, and Environmental Science and Technology.

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