Dr. John McPherson

OICR Associate

Dr. John McPherson is an OICR associate researcher specializing in genome technologies.

Current affiliations

  • OICR Associate, OICR;
  • Deputy Director and Associate Director for Basic Science at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center;
  • Chair, Technology Development Advisory Group, International Barcode of Life Project;
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board for the Medicago Hapmap Project, National Science Foundation.

Select publications

Diamandis E, Voelkerding K, Drmanac R, Agus D, McPherson J
Next-Generation Sequencing: A New Revolution in Molecular Diagnostics? Clin
Chem. 2009;55: 1-5


McPherson JD
Next-Generation Gap.
Nature Meth. Supplement, Next-generation sequencing data analysis. 2009; Volume 6, No.11s:S2-S5.


Korshunova Y, Maloney RK, Lakey N, Citek RW, Bacher B, Budiman A, Ordway JM, McCombie WR, Leon J, Jeddeloh JA, McPherson JD
Massively parallel bisulphate pyrosequencing reveals the molecular complexity of breast cancer associated cytosine methylation patterns obtained from tissue and serum DNA. Genome Res. 2007. Genome Res. 2008; 18:19-29.
Genome Res. 2007. Genome Res. 2008; 18:19-29


Weir BA, Woo MS, Getz G, Perner S, Ding L, Beroukhim R, Lin WM, Province MA, Kraja A, Johnson LA, Shah K, Sato M, Thomas RK, Barletta JA, Borecki IB, Broderick S, Chang AC, Chiang DY, Chirieac LR, Cho J, Fujii Y, Gazdar AF, Giordano T, Greulich H, Hanna M, Johnson BE, Kris MG, Lash A, Lin L, Lindeman N, Mardis ER, McPherson JD, Minna JD, Morgan MB, Nadel M, Orringer MB, Osborne JR, Ozenberger B, Ramos AH, Robinson J, Roth JA, Rusch V, Sasaki H, Shepherd F, Sougnez C, Spitz MR, Tsao MS, Twomey D, Verhaak RG, Weinstock GM, Wheeler DA, Winckler W, Yoshizawa A, Yu S, Zakowski MF, Zhang Q, Beer DG, Wistuba II, Watson MA, Garraway LA, Ladanyi M, Travis WD, Pao W, Rubin MA, Gabriel SB, Gibbs RA, Varmus HE, Wilson RK, Lander ES, Meyerson M.
Characterizing the cancer genome in lung adenocarcinoma
Nature Advance Online Publication 2007 November 4;doi:10.1038/nature06358


Ordway JM, Bedell JA, Citek RW, Nunberg A, Garrido A, Kendall R, Stevens JR, Cao D, Doerge RW, Korshunova Y, Holemon H, McPherson JD, Lakey N, Leon J, Martienssen RA, Jeddeloh JA
Comprehensive DNA methylation profiling in a human cancer genome identifies novel epigenetic targets
Carcinogenesis Epub. 2006 Sep 4;27:2409-2423

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.