Marco Marra

Professor and Head, Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia

Research interests: Genomics, bioinformatics, cancer biology, genetics, epigenetics

Dr. Marra is the UBC Canada Research Chair in Genome Science, and a member of the Order of British Columbia. He is the recipient of the 2015 Dr. Chew Wei Memorial Prize in Cancer Research, 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 Clubs. 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.

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.

In February 2013, under the directorship of Dr. Marra, the Genome Sciences Centre was ranked in the top 5 best research facilities in Canada by Backbone magazine. (

From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Marra was listed in the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thomson Reuters. These highly cited researchers ( were determined by analyzing citation data over the last 11 years to identify those who published the highest impact work. Dr. Marra ranks among the top 1% of researchers most cited for their subject field and year of publication.

He was featured in the July 4th, 2014 issue of Globe and Mail as the 2nd most highly cited scientist in Canada (

Listen to the interview with Marco (published Dec 6, 2016)

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