Sisi Ma, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Sisi Ma

Contact Info

sisima@umn.edu

Office Address:
8-106 Phillips-Wangensteen Building

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 912
Minneapolis, MN, 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Elizabeth Madson

Administrative Phone
612-625-8650

Administrative Email
maso009@umn.edu

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine


PhD in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

MS in Computer Science, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

BS in Medical Research, Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, Beijing

Summary

Dr. Ma's primary research interest is the application of statistical modeling, machine learning, and causal analysis methods in the field of biology and medicine. Specifically, her approaches include: (1) devising and implementing new causal discovery methods that are specifically tailored to the characteristics of biomedical data, (2) benchmarking novel and existing causal discovery and predictive modeling methods in order to evaluate their efficacy on biomedical data, (3) designing analytical experiments to discover critical contributing factors to pathologies and diseases from multimodality high dimensional high volume data to aid the development of diagnostic technologies and identification of potential treatment targets.

Expertise

  • Statistical Modeling
  • Machine Learning
  • Causal Discovery
  • Big Data
  • Neuroscience

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Ma's primary research interest is the application of statistical modeling, machine learning, and causal analysis methods in the field of biology and medicine.

Publications

  • An Evaluation of Active Learning Causal Discovery Methods for Reverse-Engineering Local Causal Pathways of Gene Regulation
  • Ultra-scalable and efficient methods for hybrid observational and experimental local causal pathway discovery
  • De-Novo Learning of Genome-Scale Regulatory Networks in S. cerevisiae

Teaching

Teaching Areas

Computational Causal Analytics

Clinical

Clinical Interests

Psychiatric Disorders; Cancer