Giancarlo Marra

Giancarlo Marra, Prof. Dr.

Group Leader

Curriculum vitae

Present Position

Titularprofessor at the University of Zurich (since April 2016)

Lecturer in Molecular Cancer Research at the University of Zurich
(Privatdozent, venia legendi für das Gebiet Molekulare Krebsforschung)
(since 2009)

Research Group Leader, The Institute of Molecular Cancer Research of the University of Zurich, Switzerland (since 2000).


Education

Medical Doctor (M.D.), Catholic University School of Medicine & Surgery, Rome-Italy, 1982 (with honors).  
Licensure: November 1982-No. 2039 (Licenced to practice in Italy)

Specialization in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy, Catholic University School of Medicine & Surgery (1983-1986).  Italian Ministry of Public Education Fellowship.  
Studies on the precancerous conditions of the human stomach.  

Specialization in Internal Medicine, Catholic University School of Medicine & Surgery (1986-1988 / 1991-1993).  
Studies on biomarkers of risk for human colon cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Catholic University School of Medicine & Surgery, Rome, Italy (1988-1991).  Italian Ministry of Scientific and Technologic Research Fellowship.
Studies on diet and human colon cancer.  


Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and University of California, San Diego (1994,1995 and 1996).
Studies on the DNA mismatch repair and human colon cancer (Laboratory of Molecular Biology - Prof. C. Richard Boland).  

Visiting Scientist, Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (Prof. T.A. Kunkel) (one month in 1995)

 

Academic Appointments and Awards

1996-present
The Institute of Molecular Cancer Research of the University of Zurich, "Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter," a permanent position as "Scientific Collaborator" with the institute's director.

2000-present
The Institute of Molecular Cancer Research of the University of Zurich, Research Group Leader. The research group is presently composed of two Ph.D. students and two master students.

2009-present
Lecturer in Molecular Cancer Research at the University of Zurich
 (Privatdozent, venia legendi für das Gebiet Molekulare Krebsforschung)

April 2016-present
Titularprofessor at the University of Zurich

October 5, 2007:
50-year Jubilee Award for Cancer Research from the Zurich Cancer League

 

Teaching activity

Since 1990, supervisor of almost 30 students (Gastroenterology fellows, Ph.D. students, Master students) at the Catholic University of Rome, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), University of California (San Diego), and University of Zurich.

Teacher at bachelor or master courses at the University of Zurich:        
 - Special Lecture Series BIO243: "Epigenetics".         
 - Studium Biomedizin BME236: Lectures on Epigenetics in the 2nd and 3rd year.
 - Mantelstudium 1019:  "Cancer - from Genesis to Therapy".
 - Block course BIO255: "Cancer Epigenetics".
 - Cancer Biology PhD program lecture series: "Epigenetic changes in colon cancer".

 

Area of Interest

Identification of novel biomarkers of epithelial transformation in the large intestine (Systems biology studies based on transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics)

Current Grants

  • SNSF, Swiss National Science Foundation (end: May 2022): "Road-mapping the serrated pathway of colon tumorigenesis: Step 2: Impact on clinical management of precancerous colorectal lesions" (443.723 CHF).