Dr. Nico Marr

Dr. Nico Marr is an Investigator in the Systems Biology Department at Sidra Medical and Research Center (Qatar) since 2015. He received a Diploma in Biology and a Doctor of Science degree (Dr. rer. nat.) from the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg (Germany) for studies in the field of Microbiology and Immunology. Before joining Sidra, he worked as a Research Associate in the Pediatrics Department at Dalhousie University and the University of British Columbia (Canada). Dr. Marr has been involved in a number of basic and translational research studies. His research interests include infectious diseases and immunity in early life, with an emphasis on host-pathogen interactions during respiratory tract infections.

Dr. Marr’s current research focuses on the role of human genetics in susceptibility to infectious diseases, particularly to severe viral infections during childhood. By using a systems biology approach and a combination of different cutting-edge technologies for gene expression profiling, deep phenotyping of immune cells and functional genomics, his research group seeks to identify and characterize genetic variants and single-gene defects that make children more vulnerable to common viral infections. In addition, his research group aims to utilize novel technologies for large-scale serological profiling in order to link individual genome and immune phenotype variation in health and disease.