Professor, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, President & Chief Scientific Officer, Kinexus Bioinformatics CorporationBiography
Dr. Steven Pelech has been the founder, president and chief scientific officer of Kinexus Bioinformatics Corporation for 15 years. He was previously the founder and president of Kinetek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for 6 years. Prior to this, he spent 5 years in post-doctoral training with Sir Philip Cohen at the University of Dundee and Nobel laureate Dr. Edwin Krebs at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Pelech was a founding scientist of the Biomedical Research Centre and of the Brain Research Centre located at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Since 1988, he has concurrently been on faculty at UBC and is presently a full professor in the Department of Medicine in the Division of Neurology. Dr. Pelech received his B.Sc. (1979; Honours) and Ph.D. (1982) degrees in Biochemistry from UBC. He has authored over 220 scientific peer- reviewed publications about signal transduction and is one of the discoverers of the MAP kinases. His recent focus has been on the development of a suite of open-access, on-line KiNET databases and SigNET knowledgebases, and on the creation of high content array platforms with antibodies and peptides to support systems proteomics research. He has served on grant review panels and as an ad-hoc reviewer for over 30 granting agencies and as an external reviewer for over 30 scientific journals.