Fang Ma

Fang Ma is a Doctoral Student in Electrical Engineering and a Researcher of Innovative Photonics for Biomedicine

Fang Ma is a graduate student in the Biomedical Photonics Laboratory directed by Dr. Alberto Bilenca, and a student member of the Penn State-Lehigh Inter University Center for Optical Technologies. Her current research interests include super-resolution fluorescence microscopy and bioimaging signal processing. She is currently focused on developing the "mathematical nanoscope": A novel algorithm that successfully resolves few fluorescent markers from conventional optical microscope images. She is using knowledge of statistical hypothesis testing to detect the number of molecules from a noisy, diffraction-limited image with high probability and at nanometer-level localization precision. She anticipates that this unique approach will speed up the imaging acquisition of state-of-the-art super-resolution fluorescence microscopy techniques (e.g., STORM and PALM), which currently utilize only image data containing single activated fluorescent probes while discarding all other image sets.

In addition, Fang is engaged in development and application of novel optical super-resolution microcopy methods to study biological structure and function at the nanoscale. To find out more about Fang Ma's research work, please visit

Fang Ma earned her B.S. in electrical engineering in 2006 from Xi'an Jiaotong University in Xi'an: One of the top engineering universities in China. In 2008, she obtained a master degree in electrical engineering from the National University of Singapore, where she conducted research in the area of nano-structure fabrication and surface Plasmon resonance. In particular, she developed a novel fabrication method using laser interference lithography to fabricate various nano-structures. In addition, she investigated the tuning of multiple surface Plasmon resonances by thermal effects and double-layered metal structures. Her papers on these topics were published in the journal of Applied Physics A and SPIE Proceedings. Her master thesis was partially supported by a prestigious research scholarship of the National University of Singapore.