College Introduction

The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) has been established at Shenzhen University to provide both undergraduate and postgraduate education, focusing on interdisciplinary teaching and research. As a special platform at Shenzhen University, IAS seeks to


Ma Jie

Ph. D., Associate Researcher


Adress: Room 347, Administration Building, Shenzhen University, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518060



2016, Huazhong Agricultural University, College of Resources & Environment, Ph. D.

2009, China Agricultural University, College of Horticulture, B. S.


Working Experience:

2020.01—Now, Shenzhen University, IAS, Associate Researcher

2016.09—2019.09, Shenzhen University, IAS, Postdoc


Research Interests:

My research activities are at the intersection of plant cell wall, silicon and heavy metal toxicity. Skilled in AFM, NMT technology and molecular biological techniques. Recently, I coated silica shells on the surfaces of rice single cells by mimicking diatom biosilicification. Trying to understand how Si-accumulating species use silica to improve mechanical property and enhance heavy metal tolerance at the single-cell level.



1. Ma J*, Zhou B*, Tan Q, Li Z, Ke P. 2020. The Roles of Silicon in Combating Cadmium Challenge in the Marine Diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 121903. (*joint first authors)

 2. Xu S, Ma J, Ji R, Pan K, Miao AJ. 2019. Microplastics in aquatic environments: occurrence, accumulation, and biological effects. Science of The Total Environment, 134699.

3. Ma J, Zhou B, Duan D, Pan K. 2019. Salinity-dependent nanostructures and composition of cell surface and its relation to Cd toxicity in an estuarine diatom. Chemosphere, 215, 807-814.

4. Ma J, Zhou B, Duan D, Wei Y, Pan K. 2018. Silicon limitation reduced the adsorption of cadmium in marine diatoms. Aquatic Toxicology, 202, 136-144.

5. Sheng H, Ma J, Pu J, Wang L. 2018. Cell wall-bound silicon optimizes ammonium uptake and metabolism in rice cells. Annals of botany, 122, 303-313.

6. Ma J, Zhang X, Wang L. 2017. Synergistic effects between [Si-hemicellulose matrix] ligands and Zn ions in inhibiting Cd ion uptake in rice (Oryza sativa) cells. Planta, 245(5), 965-976.

7. Ma J, Zhang X, Zhang W, Wang L. 2016. Multifunctionality of silicified nanoshells at cell interfaces of Oryza sativa. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 4: 6792-6799.

8. Ma J, Sheng HC, Li XL, Wang LJ. 2016. iTRAQ-based proteomic analysis reveals the mechanisms of silicon-mediated cadmium tolerance in rice (Oryza sativa) cells. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 104: 71-80.

9. Ma J, Cai H, He C, Zhang W, Wang L. 2015. A hemicellulose-bound form of silicon inhibits cadmium ion uptake in rice (Oryza sativa) cells. New Phytologist, 206: 1063-1074.

10. He C, Ma J, Wang L. 2015. A hemicellulose-bound form of silicon with potential to improve the mechanical properties and regeneration of the cell wall of rice. New Phytologist, 206: 1051-1062.

11. Liu J*, Ma J*, He C*, Li X, Zhang W, Xu F, et al. 2013. Inhibition of cadmium ion uptake in rice (Oryza sativa) cells by a wall-bound form of silicon. New Phytologist, 200: 691-699. (*joint first authors)

12. He C, Wang L, Liu J, Liu X, Li X, Ma J, et al. 2013. Evidence for 'silicon' within the cell walls of suspension-cultured rice cells. New Phytologist, 200: 700–709.