Dr. John McPherson


Dr. John McPherson is an OICR associate researcher specializing in genome technologies. His research group, based at the University of California, Davis, is interested in:

  • understanding the mechanisms underlying structural rearrangements in tumors;
  • bringing advanced genomic technologies to clinical application in personalized diagnosis and targeted therapeutics through maximizing the data yield from small biopsies and circulating cell free DNA; and
  • reducing chemotherapy-induced side effects during cancer treatment.

Current affiliations

  • OICR Associate, OICR
  • Deputy Director and Associate Director for Basic Science at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Member: University of California Cancer Research Coordinating Committee
  • Member: Program Committee for Advances in Genome Biology and Technology Annual Meeting
  • Member: International Scientific Steering Committee, International Cancer Genome Consortium

Select publications

See Dr. McPherson’s recent publications on PubMed or on Google Scholar.


  • University of California at Irvine, Biotechnology Training Grant Fellowship, 1991
  • Queen’s University at Kingston, Queen’s Graduate Award, 1984-1985
  • Queen’s University, S. McLaughlin Fellowship, 1985-1988

Previous experience and education

  • Genome Technologies Director, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
  • Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine. Primary appointment, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics. Joint appointment, Human Genome Sequencing Center., Baylor College of Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Primary appointment, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Department of Genetics. Joint appointment, Genome Sequencing Center., Washington University School of Medicine
  • Co-Director, Genome Sequencing Center, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Co-Director, National Human Genome Research Center, University of California at Irvine
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biological Chemistry, University of California at Irvine
  • Biochemistry, Queen’s University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pediatrics, University of California at Irvine

Opportunities to collaborate

Dr. McPherson is based at UC Davis in Sacramento, California. To collaborate with Dr. McPherson, please contact him directly.

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Related links

University of California, Davis, School of Medicine Faculty Page – Dr. John Douglas McPherson


Dr. John McPherson