Marra in 2014
June 30, 1966 |
Berwyn, Alberta, Canada
Marco A. Marra, OBC, PhD, FRS(C), FCAHS, LLD (Hon), DSc (Hon), Director & Distinguished Scientist, Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency; Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia; UBC Canada Research Chair in Genome Science.
Dr. Marra completed his PhD in Genetics at Simon Fraser University in 1994 and pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, where he worked on the Human Genome Project. He has been involved throughout his career in the development and application of efficient high-throughput genomics approaches, with special emphasis on large-scale DNA sequencing and bioinformatics.
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 or 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 has co-authored 297 research papers that have been cited 41,754 times.
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.
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