Dr. Steven Pelech, Ph.D.


Professor, Department of Medicine

Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation
8755 Ash Street, Suite 1
Vancouver BC Canada V6P 6T3

Tel:  (604) 323-2547, ext. 10
: (604) 323-2548
Email: spelech@kinexus.ca

Research Interests: Dr. Pelech’s research is focused on the mapping of protein kinase-based cell signalling pathways to identify diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets for drug development for neurological disorders, cancer and diabetes. Experimental disease model systems under analyses relate to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, cancer, and diabetes. Other systems under study relate to the regulation of meiotic maturation of oocytes, mitotic cell cycle progression in human tumour cells, and insulin signalling for metabolic control. Dr. Pelech’s lab has developed and utilized novel proteomics strategies involving multi-immunoblotting and microarrays with antibodies, cell/tissue lysates and purified protein kinase enzymes.

Professional Training:

  • 1975-1979: B.Sc. (Honours) Biochemistry (University of British Columbia)
  • 1979-1982: Ph.D. Biochemistry (University of British Columbia)
  • 1982-1982: Post-doctoral fellow (University of British Columbia)
  • 1982-1983: Post-doctoral fellow (University of Dundee, Scotland)
  • 1983-1987: Post-doctoral fellow (University of Washington, Seattle)

Academic Positions:

  • 1987-1998: Senior Scientist, The Biomedical Research Centre
  • 1988-1993: Assistant Professor Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • 1993-1997: Associate Professor Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • 1997-Present: Full Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • 1992-1998: Founder, President & CEO, Kinetek Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • 1998-Present: Senior Scientist, The Brain Research Centre
  • 1999-Present: Founder, President & CSO of Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation

Honours and Awards:

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postgraduate Scholarship, Univ. of B.C. (1978)
  • Medical Research Council (M.R.C.) Canada Studentship, Univ. of B.C. (1979 – 1982)
  • Univ. of B.C. Graduate Student Speaker Competition, 1st place (1982)
  • Izaak Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship (1982)
  • M.R.C. of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship (1982 – 1984)
  • M.R.C. of Canada 1967 Centennial Fellowship (1985)
  • M.R.C. of Canada Scholarship Award (salary support) (1988 – 1993)
  • Canadian Soc. for Biochem. & Molec. Biol. Merck-Frosst Award – for outstanding research in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology in Canada (1993)
  • Martin M. Hoffman Award – Univ. of B.C. Hospital Site for Research in Dept. of Medicine (1993)
  • M.R.C. of Canada Scientist Award (salary support) (1993-1996)
  • M.R.C. of Canada Industrial Scientist Award (salary support) (1996-1998)
  • Business in Vancouver Top Forty Under Forty Award for Business Achievement (1996)
  • Faculty of Medicine 2001 Distinguished Lecturer for Basic Sciences, Univ. of B.C. (2001)

Board Representations:

  • Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation, Vancouver, B.C. (Board of Directors)
  • National Research Council of Canada (Genomics and Health Initiative Expert Panel)