Joan Shellard

work experience

Scientist & Team Leader (2001-2006)
Cell Line Engineering
Chromos Molecular Systems Inc.
Burnaby, B.C.
Areas of specialization: I led all projects focused on enhancing gene targeting and expression for Chromos' Artificial Chromosome Expression (ACE) system, which was subsequently acquired by Glaxo-Smith Kline in 2007. I also engineered "user-friendly"expression and ACE loading vectors and generated a production cell line for a therapeutic monoclonal antibody, now in clinical development.

Research Associate (1998-1999)
Biotechnology Laboratory (PENCE)
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
Research Topic: Biological properties of immobilized epidermal growth factor- and stem cell factor-carbohydrate binding domain (CBD) fusion proteins.

Research Associate (1997-1998)
Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
University of British Columbia
Research Topic: Cloning and characterization of a novel enzyme from gram-positive bacteria for use as a potential antibiotic target.

Post-doctoral fellow (1994-1997)
Unite d'Embryologie
Departement de Biologie Moleculaire
Institut Pasteur, Paris France
Research Topic: Functional analysis of leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) in embryonic stem cells by creation of LIF receptor antagonists.

Post-doctoral fellow (1993)
Department of Zoology
University of British Columbia
Research Topic: Molecular characterization of the polycomb group gene, Asx, in Drosophila melanogaster.


BEST Graduate (2000)
(BCIT Entrepreneur Skills Training Program)
Venture Development Centre
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Burnaby, B.C.

Doctoral Degree (1993)
Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

Bachelor of Science Degree (1984)
Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology
Major: Microbiology & Immunology
Minor: Gene Expression & Embryology
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada


1. Lindenbaum, M., Perkins, E., Csonka, E., Fleming, E., Garcia, L., Greene, A., Gung, L., Hadlaczky, G., Lee, E., Leung, J., MacDonald, N., Maxwell, A., Mills, K., Monteith, D., Perez, C., Shellard, J., Stewart, S., Stodola, T., Vandenborre, D., Vanderbyl, S. and Ledebur, H.C.J. A mammalian artificial chromosome engineering system (ACE System) applicable to biopharmaceutical protein production, transgenesis and gene-based cell therapy. Nucleic Acids Research 32 (21):172 (2004).

2. Sinclair, D., Milne, T., Hodgson, J., Shellard, J., Salinas, C., Kyba, M., Randazzo, F. and Brock, H. The Additional sex combs gene of Drosophila encodes a chromatin protein that binds to shared and unique polycomb group sites on polytene chromosomes. Development 125:1207-16 (1998).

3. Shellard, J., Perreau, J. and Brulet, P. Role of Leukemia Inhibitory Factor during mammalian development. European Cytokine Network 7:699-712 (1996).

4. Shellard, J.E., Leitch, H.A., Logan, P.M., McMaster, W.R. and Levy, J.G. Purification of an in vitro inhibitor of normal myelopoiesis using a monoclonal antibody directed to a common antigen of myelogenous leukemia. Exptl. Hematol. 19:136-142 (1991).

5. Logan, P.M., Shellard, J.E., Buskard, N. and Levy, J.G. CAMAL: evidence for an inhibitory role in normal granulopoieisis. Exptl. Hematol. 17:1072-76 (1989).


Molecular biology of cancer (malignant) cells, stem cell biology
Gene expression and molecular genetics
Cytokines and cell signalling
Protein production, purification and biochemistry