Qingyan Ma is a medical anthropologist and Design Research Lead for the Digital Informatics and Technology Solutions (DigITs) team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
She received a PhD in medical anthropology from Temple University (January 2014). Her dissertation research is on the transformation of rural public health in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province with a focus on reproductive risk among ethnic minority women.
She also received an MA in medical anthropology from Sun Yat-sen University, for which she conducted field research in Guangdong Provincial Hospital of TCM to explore the sociocultural construction of TCM in 2005.
At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Quigyan’s research contributes to the development of digital products for clinicians. Previous to her design research lead role, she was a user experience specialist and user experience researcher.
Prior to Memorial Sloan, Qingyan was as an Early Career Researcher for the NIH funded project on HIV cure. She worked with Dr. Joseph Tucker and Dr. Weiping Cai on UNC Project-China. Her research was based at the Guangzhou Eighth People’s Hospital to study the discourses and knowledge of HIV/AIDS risk across the board and how they affect individual medical experiences and personal well-being, as well as the unintended consequences of upcoming HIV cure research, globalization and consumption on individual health.