Steen Pedersen

Dr. Steen Pedersen earned his degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Universities of Maryland and Virginia. His graduate research under Dr. Elliott Ross was focused on understanding receptor mechanisms and membrane protein structure and helped elucidate the mechanisms by which beta-adrenergic receptors couple to G-Proteins. He then carried out post-doctoral training in the Department of Neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he contributed to a basic understanding of the structure-function relationship in nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. There, he obtained an individual NIH post-doctoral fellowship.

Dr. Pedersen continued his work on the pharmacology and biochemistry of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors when he established his own laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine in 1990. His lab elucidated the binding mechanisms of several highly toxic compounds including d-tubocurarine and alpha-conotoxin. He obtained a Career Development Award from the NIH in the support of this work. While continuing his research on various aspects of Ion Channel function, he became more engaged in teaching. Together with Dr. Mary Moore, he established a graduate core course in Cell Biology and further taught in several biochemistry and biophysics courses. In later years, Dr. Pedersen also taught Medical classes in biochemistry, metabolism, and physiology at Baylor. Dr. Pedersen has won numerous awards for his teaching at Baylor College of Medicine, including the 8-stranded beta-barrel award, the Mark Dresden Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Education. Dr. Pedersen joined the Ross University Faculty in 2017 where he lectures in Biochemistry.