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About Dr. Ma

Summary

With
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Dr. Ma did postdoctoral researches at University of California, Irvine and University of Toronto. He was also an Alexander von Humboldt research fellow at University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. During the past over 19 years, Dr. Ma has been working on synthesis of  fine organic compounds and development of drug products and analytical methods in Canadian chemical and pharmaceutical companies . Additionally, Dr. Ma has been enjoying working as a Professor instructing at both University and High School levels. He instructed undergraduate coiurse of "Organic Chemistry" at University of New Brunswick, and courses of "Advanced HPLC Method Development_PFT869", "HPLC Method Validation_PFT871",  and InstrumentCalibration_PFT872 " and "Documentation and Compliance_PF873"at Seneca College, and has also been instructing high school courses such as Chemistry, Physics, Advanced Functions, and Calculus and Vectors, and university courses including General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics and Calculus for over 15 years.


In summary, in addition to his busy career in chemical/pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Ma also enjoys teaching at both university and high school levels at MPC Academy. He is a devoted professor with a goal of exceeding students' education requirements. He offers students encouragement, individualized attention, expertise understanding scientific principles, and helps students catch the important points quickly. He is a friendly, caring, patient and dedicated instructor who has an undeniable passion for teaching and mentoring students. In the classroom, he supplies highly effective teaching methods while creating a fun and engaging atmosphere for students. All of his sessions are highly interactive and personalized. Dr. Ma is able to help students of any academic background improve their grades, succeed at challenging tests, enter into university, and achieve their goals.

We look forward to helping you succeed!


 

Dr. George Ma received his Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Acadimia Sinica in April of 1991, and M.Sc. degree in Organic Chemistry from Huazhong Normal University in 1988. From his Ph.D. and M.Sc. theses he published 10 papers in the USA in the well-known journals such as Journal of Organic Chemistry. In June of 1991 Dr. Ma joined Professor F. Freeman's laboratory at the University of California, Irvine to perform his postdoctoral research. In 1992 he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt fellowship and was invited to work on research projects designed by himself in the laboratory of Professor Manfred Regitz, former editor-in-chief of Synthesis, at the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany. In 1995 he worked as postdoctoral research fellow on the project of enzyme-catalyzed organic reactions in Professor J. B. Jones' laboratory at University of Toronto.

Dr. Ma's teaching experience started in China over 30 years ago. After graduated from a normal university he taught Chemistry course in HS Grade 2 and 3 (corresponding to Grade 11 and 12, respectively, in high school in Canada) for five years.  In China students must take the national university entrance examination after graduating at HS Grade 3 . Students whose marks meet uniuversity requirements have an opportunity to enter university to study. Numerous students he taught received high marks in the national university entrance examination and entered top universities successfully.  


 


 

Since 1985 Dr. Ma has done significant research work and gained extensive knowledge and experience in both academic and industrial areas. He is an expert in the field of Organic Synthesis and Pharmaceutical Product Development, including natural product isolation and synthesis, phosphorus and organometallic chemistry, amino acids and peptides, HPLC analysis and the identification of impurities in drug substance and drug products. For example, he has synthesized steroids, geosmin, hypericin, sodium azidothymidine 5'-hydrogenephosphonate, misoprostol (a gastric antisecretory and antiulcer drug), peptides and computer-designed drug candidate compounds. He has isolated many natural products from herbs such as feverfew, ginger, valerian and St. John's wort. Instruments he has used for identification and quantification of these compounds include HPLC, GC, IR, UV, NMR (H-1, C-13, COSY, P-31 NMR with variable pulse and temperature), and Mass Spectrum. In the pharmaceutical industry, he has developed numerous HPLC methods for assay and related compound analysis. He uses his compendia and regulatory knowledge to establish and justify controlling limits for related compounds of different drugs and has made a significant contribution in pharmaceutical product development.

Biography

In 1994 Dr. Ma came to Canada and instructed undergraduate course of Organic Chemistry while worked on his research projects at the University of New Brunswick in St. John in Canada.

After working a few years in a pharmaceutical company as a senior chemist Dr. Ma started his part time teaching career in 1998. At beginning he offered high school courses of Grade 11 and 12 Chemistry, and university courses such as Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry. Later on he expanded his courses to University and high school Physics, and high school math courses such as Functions, Advanced Functions, and Calculus and Vectors. Since 2009 he has also provided test preparation courses to help university students prepare for a variety of professional examinations such as MCAT, DAT, OAT and PCAT, and high school students prepare for SAT, IB and AP. He spent significant time to prepare for every course he teaches, including hundreds of PowerPoint study slides and homework/examination papers for each course. His students are from many universities such as UofT, York University, McMaster University, University of Western Ontario, and even from Harvard University, and major GTA private schools such as UTS, UCC, Havergal, St. Michael's, Branksome Hall, Bayview Glen School and Crescent School, and public schools such as Bayview Secondary School, Richmond Hill High School and A.Y. Jackson Secondary School, etc. In the past 15 years he has taught a large variety of age groups and subjects. He has achieved significant success in his teaching endeavors, this is not only due to his experience as a university professor, but also to his early teaching experience as a high school teacher for grades 11 and 12 chemistry courses. All his students have been benefited from his instruction and the learning materials he designed, and improved their grades significantly. Numerous students entered top universities in US (e.g., 6-year Penn State's Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program with B.S./M.D.) and Canada, and many of them have become doctors, dentists, and engineers. 

Education and Experience in Teaching

Experience in Research and Industry

Since 2009 Dr. Ma is also teaching parttime at Seneca College. The courses he taught include Advanced HPLC Method Development, HPLC Method Validation, and Documentation and Compliance. Realizing the importance of high school and university study in a student's life, Dr. Ma has designed specific courses with his extensive scientific knowledge and experience in chemical research and university/high school teaching over the past 15 years. He helps the students enhance their academic performance through one-on-one or small group instructing sessions. His programs provide an effective method to not just improve students' grades significantly, but also to challenge students to develop deeper understandings of the scientific concepts and skills offered in traditional schools, and to motivate students to achieve or exceed their education goals.

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