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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

John Douglas McPherson, Ph.D. View profile as PDF

John Douglas McPherson


Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Deputy Director and Associate Director for Basic Sciences, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Auburn Community Cancer Endowed Chair in Basic Science
Co-Director, Advanced Translational Genomics Center


Cancer Genetics and Genomics


Biological Chemistry

Center/Program Affiliation:


Research III
Research Building III
4645 Second Ave, Room 2400B
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Additional Phone:

Phone: 916-734-7741


Ph.D., Biochemistry, Queen's University at Kingston, Kingston, Ontario Canada 1989
B.Sc., Queen's University at Kingston, Kingston, Ontario Canada 1983


Pediatrics, UC Irvine, Irvine CA 1988-1990
Department of Biological Chemistry, UC Irvine, Irvine CA 1990-1992

Professional Memberships:

American Association for Cancer Research
American Association of Human Genetics
International Society for Computational Biology

Select Honors and Awards:

Biotechnology Training Grant Fellowship, University of California at Irvine, 1991

Select Recent Publications:

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Tran B et al. Feasibility of Real Time Next Generation Sequencing of Cancer Genes Linked to Drug Response: Results from a Clinical Trial. Int. J. Cancer. 2012;132:1547-1555.

Boutros et al. Spatial genomic heterogeneity within localized, multifocal prostate cancer. Nature Genetics. 2015;47; 736-745.

Tam S, Tsao MS, McPherson JD. Optimization of miRNA-seq data preprocessing. Brief. Bioinform. 2015 Epub ahead of print.

Ji J et al. Antioxidant Supplementation Reduces Genomic Alterations in human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. Stem Cell Reports. 2014;2: 45-51.