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Dr. Marco Marra, OBC, PhD, FRS(C), FCAHS

Tel: 604-675-8162

Fax: 604-675-8178

Research Roles:

  • Director & Distinguished Scientist, Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency

  • Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University
  • UBC Canada Research Chair in Genome Science


Dr. Marra completed his PhD in Genetics at Simon Fraser University in 1994 and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral fellow and research faculty instructor at Washington University in St. Louis.  He has been involved in the development and application of efficient, high-throughput genomics approaches, with special emphasis on large-scale genome mapping and DNA sequencing. His work at Washington University and at the Genome Sciences Centre has been central to the identification, mapping, and sequencing of tens of thousands of genes from numerous organisms as part of the Human Genome Project. The public availability of these data fuels bioinformatic and functional genomics initiatives around the world.

Dr. Marra’s current activities include the development and application of “next generation” analysis approaches to characterize genomes, with the aim of comprehensive identification of the genetic changes that drive cancer progression.

Dr. Marra is the UBC Canada Research Chair in Genome Science, and a member of the Order of British Columbia. He is a recipient of a 2013 UBC Killam Research Prize, a 2012 UBC Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award, and the Medal of Merit Award from the International Association of Lions Club. He was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2009; received the Frontiers in Research Award from the BC Innovation Council in 2008; and was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2007.  He was a recipient of a Genome BC Award for Scientific Excellence, a MSFHR Career Investigator Senior Scholar Award, and Simon Fraser University President’s 40th Anniversary Award. In 2004, he received a Terry Fox Young Investigator Award and BC Biotech’s Innovation and Achievement Award (together with the entire GSC staff) for sequencing the SARS coronavirus genome. In 2001, he was recognized by Caldwell Partners as one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40" citizens and in 2005 was named the "Best of the Best of Canada's Top 40 under 40" in the health/science category.

Dr. Marra’s contributions to genome science led to an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Simon Fraser University in 2004, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Calgary in 2005.

Dr. Marra has published 16 book chapters and 297 peer-reviewed papers.


For more information please visit Marco Marra's GSC faculty page.