Li-Jun Ma is a principle research scientist for the Fungal Genome Initiative (FGI) at the Broad Institute. She is interested in using the rich fungal genomic resources within the scientific community to explore the mechanisms that guide eukaryotic genome evolution. Specifically, Li-Jun is leading several comparative genomics projects to study the genetic determinants of fungal pathogenicity and host specificity, and participating in functional studies to test the hypotheses generated through genomic analyses.
Li-Jun earned her Ph.D. in fungal genetics from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at the State University of New York. After receiving her degree, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship to study protein evolution in Walter Gilbert's laboratory at Harvard University before joining the Broad Institute (then part of the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research).