Dr. Terry Pearson
Your Life in a Drop of Blood
Dr. Pearson is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Victoria. He obtained his PhD at UBC and after postdoctoral work at the Medical Research Council Laboratory in Cambridge, England, Dr. Pearson worked as a staff scientist in its Division of Cell Biology. He was then recruited to Nairobi, Kenya as a research scientist at the newly formed International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases where he introduced monoclonal antibody technology to Africa. This experience led to a love of and fascination with the African continent. For more than 35 years his research has focused on tropical diseases, mainly African sleeping sickness, and on diagnosis of disease.
In the past decade, his research has focused on translation of basic research discoveries into application to clinical diagnostic medicine in both the developed and developing world. In addition to serving on the boards of several private and public biotechnology companies, he is co-founder of SISCAPA Assay Technologies, Inc., a privately held biotechnology company focused on developing diagnostic tests for personalized medicine.