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College of Veterinary Medicine

Wenjun Ma

 Associate Professor

BVSc 1996, Northeast Agricultural University, Harbin, China
MVSc 1999, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, Beijing, China
PhD 2003, Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany

Phone: 785-532-4337
Fax: 785-532-4039
Email: wma@vet.k-state.edu


My laboratory is interested in viral diseases of animals, with an emphasis on emerging zoonotic viral infections. My current research focuses on understanding mechanisms of pathogenesis and developing vaccines and/or antivirals for different viral pathogens, such as Influenza virus, Rift Valley Fever virus, African swine fever virus and other viral infections in livestock and poultry. I am also interested in development of rapid detection systems for different viral diseases.


My primary teaching role is to further develop graduate student training in virology. I participate in the teaching of one graduate course (DMP-910, Pathogenic Mechanisms of viruses, 3 credits) with other faculty.

Selected publications (*corresponding author)

Nagy A, Lee J, Mena I, Henningson J, Li Y, Ma J, Duff M, Li Y, Lang Y, Yang J, Abdallah F, Richt J, Ali A, García-Sastre A, Ma W*. 2016. Recombinant Newcastle disease virus expressing H9 HA protects chickens against heterologous avian influenza H9N2 virus challenge. Vaccine. 34(23):2537-45 PMID: 27102817.

Sang Y, Liu Q, Lee J, Ma W*, McVey DS, Blecha F. 2016. Expansion of amphibian intronless interferons revises the paradigm for interferon evolution and functional diversity. Sci Rep. 6:29072. PMID: 27356970.

Faburay B, Wilson WC, Gaudreault NN, Davis AS, Shivanna V, Bawa B, Sunwoo SY, Ma W, Drolet BS, Morozov I, McVey DS, Richt JA. 2016. A Recombinant Rift Valley Fever Virus Glycoprotein Subunit Vaccine Confers Full Protection against Rift Valley Fever Challenge in Sheep. Sci Rep. 6:27719. PMID: 27296136.

Xiao C#, Ma W#, Sun N, Huang L, Li Y, Zeng Z, Wen Y, Zhang Z, Li H, Li Q, Yu Y, Zheng Y, Liu S, Hu P, Zhang X, Qi W, and Liao M. 2016. PB2-588V promotes the mammalian adaptation of H10N8, H7N9 and H9N2 avian influenza viruses. Sci Rep. 6:19474. PMID: 26782141 (#Equal contribution).

Ma W*, García-Sastre A, Schwemmle M. 2015. Expected and unexpected features of the newly discovered bat influenza A-like viruses. PLoS Pathog. 11(6):e1004819. PMID: 26042416.  

Ran Z, Shen H, Lang Y, Kolb EA, Turan N, Zhu L, Ma J, Bawa B, Liu Q, Liu H, Quast M, Sexton G, Krammer F, Hause BM, Christopher-Hennings J, Nelson EA, Richt J, Li F, Ma W*. 2015. Domestic pigs are susceptible to infection with influenza B viruses. J Virol. 89(9):4818-26. PMID: 25673727. 

Ma J, Shen H, Liu Q, Bawa B, Qi W, Duff M, Lang Y, Lee J, Yu H, Bai J, Tong G, Hesse RA, Richt JA, Ma W*. 2015. Pathogenicity and transmissibility of novel reassortant H3N2 influenza viruses with 2009 pandemic H1N1 genes in pigs. J Virol. 89(5):2831-41. PMID: 25540372.

Zhou B, Ma J, Liu Q, Bawa B, Wang W, Shabman RS, Duff M, Lee J, Lang Y, Cao N, Nagy A, Lin X, Stockwell TB, Richt JA, Wentworth DE, Ma W*. 2014. Characterization of Uncultivable Bat Influenza Virus Using a Replicative Synthetic Virus. PLoS Pathog. 10(10): e1004420. PMID: 25275541.

Ma W*, Liu Q, Qiao C, del Real G, García-Sastre A, Webby RJ, Richt JA. 2014. North American triple reassortant and Eurasian H1N1 swine influenza viruses do not readily reassort to generate a 2009 pandemic H1N1-like virus. mBio. 5(2):e00919-13. PMID: 24618255.

Ma W, Vincent AL, Gramer MR, Brockwell CB, Lager KM, Janke BH, Gauger PC, Patnayak DP, Webby RJ, Richt JA. 2007. Identification of H2N3 Influenza A viruses from swine in the United States. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 104(25): 20949-20954. PMID: 18093945.

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