John McPherson, Ph.D.

John Douglas McPherson, Ph.D.


Cancer Genetics and Genomics


  • 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


Research III

4645 Second Ave, Room 2400B
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-7741


Biological Chemistry

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center


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

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.