Wenjie Ma, Ph.D.

Instructor in Investigation
Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit, Mass General Research Institute
Instructor in Medicine
Harvard Medical School
colorectal cancer; diverticulitis; epidemiology; gut microbiome; host-microbiome interaction

Wenjie Ma is an Instructor in Investigator in the CTEU, Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant in Epidemiology at MGH. Dr. Ma earned her ScD in Epidemiology from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and a dual degree in Economics from Peking University.

Dr. Ma’s research interests include understanding the etiology and examining the role of host-microbiome interaction in inflammation and gastrointestinal diseases such as diverticulitis and colorectal cancer, with the ultimate goal of translating epidemiological findings into clinic and developing effective intervention strategies.

Currently, Dr. Ma is supported by American Gastroenterological Association Research Scholar Award to examine the roles that lifestyle/diet and the gut microbiome play in the etiopathogenesis of diverticulitis in racially/ethnically diverse populations within three large prospective cohorts, the Southern Community Cohort Study (SCCS), the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL), and the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) II.