Introduction of Ma Chuan

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Chuan Ma is a Assistant Professor in Institute of Apicultural Reasearch, CAAS.

His current research is mainly to explore mechanisms underlying high royal jelly production

of honeybees based on metabolomics and genomics approaches. He has published eight SCI

papers, which have been cited more than 300 times.

Email: machuan@caas.cn

Research Interests

Genetic basis underlying high royal jelly yields of honeybees


09/2002–07/2006 Bachelor’s degree, Biological Technology, Shandong Agricultural University

09/2006–07/2011 Ph.D., Ecology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Work Experience

09/2011–07/2016 Postdoctor, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

08/2016–now Assistant Professor, Institute of Apicultural Research, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Hosted Projects

1. “Genetic mechanisms of high royal jelly production revealed by whole-genome resequencing of honeybees” funded by the Natural Science Foundation of Beijing (no. 5182031; 20182019).

2. “Molecular phylogeny of Ensifera and evolution of acoustic communication” funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 31400325; 20152017).

3. “Molecular mechanisms of long-distance flight of the migratory locust funded by the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (no. 2014T70136; 20142016)

4. “Molecular mechanisms underlying different flight abilities between gregarious and solitarious locusts revealed by metabolomics” funded by the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (no. 2013M530075; 20132016).


1.  Ma C, Zhang L, Li J: Characterization of the complete mitochondrial genome of a bush cricket Xenogryllus marmoratus (Insecta: Orthoptera). Mitochondrial DNA Part B. (accepted)

2.  Ma C, Li J: Comparative analysis of mitochondrial genomes of the superfamily Grylloidea (Insecta, Orthoptera) reveals phylogenetic distribution of gene rearrangements. Int J Biol Macromol 2018, 120:1048-1054.

3.  Ma C, Wang Y, Wu C, Kang L, Liu C: The compact mitochondrial genome of Zorotypus medoensis provides insights into phylogenetic position of Zoraptera. BMC Genomics 2014, 15:1156.

4.  Ma C, Yang P, Jiang F, Chapuis MP, Shali Y, Sword GA, Kang L: Mitochondrial genomes reveal the global phylogeography and dispersal routes of the migratory locust. Mol Ecol 2012, 21(17):4344-4358.

5.  Ma C, Liu C, Yang P, Kang L: The complete mitochondrial genomes of two band-winged grasshoppers, Gastrimargus marmoratus and Oedaleus asiaticus. BMC Genomics 2009, 10:156.

6.  马川, 康乐: 飞蝗的种群遗传学与亚种地位. 应用昆虫学报 2013, 50(1):1-8.

7.  Ararso Z*, Ma C*, Qi YP, Feng M, Han B, Hu H, Meng LF, Li JK: Proteome comparisons between hemolymph of two honeybee strains (Apis mellifera ligustica) reveal divergent molecular basis in driving hemolymph function and high royal jelly secretion. J Proteome Res 2018, 17(1):402-419.

8.  Zhang B*, Ma C*, Edwards O, Fuller S, Kang L: The mitochondrial genome of the Russian wheat aphid Diuraphis noxia: Large repetitive sequences between trnE andtrnF in aphids. Gene 2014, 533(1):253-260.

9­­.  Cao YQ*, Ma C*, Chen JY, Yang DR: The complete mitochondrial genomes of two ghost moths, Thitarodes renzhiensis and Thitarodes yunnanensis: the ancestral gene arrangement in Lepidoptera. BMC Genomics 2012, 13(1):276.

* Co-first author

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