Sid Katz completed a bachelor of science, master of science in pharmacology, and doctor of philosophy in pharmacology and therapeutics at McGill University. Subsequently, he conducted research as the Edward Wilson Memorial fellow with the Baker Institute at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and as a Canadian Cystic Fibrosis fellow with the Royal Victoria Hospital at McGill University. He has been a member of the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences since April 1975. After serving 12 years (1999–2011) in the UBC President’s Office, he is currently on leave from the Faculty and UBC.
Dr. Katz is currently writing a book on the myths and realities of biotechnology. He is also an expert witness in pharmacology and toxicology for ICBC and works with a number of legal firms throughout the province.
Dr. Katz has also had a parallel career in science journalism, having contributed over 400 items on CBC Radio regional and national programs, including Morningside and As it Happens, on science and health issues. He was also the national health science correspondent on CTV National News. In addition, he has contributed numerous science columns to newspapers and co-produced two science film documentaries. He served for a number of years as vice president of the Canadian Science Writers Association and on many science writing awards juries.
For more than 25 years, Dr. Katz has promoted science education for elementary and high school children. He has played a part in developing science centres around the world, including Science World in BC, the Regina Science Centre, the Bersheva Science Centre in Israel, and the Science Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also worked with David Vogt to develop the world's first internet science magazine, The Branium. He also served as the chairman of the Education Committee of Genome BC, and was involved in the development of the Gee in Genome exhibit as well as the workshop experiences for Genome Canada.
Dr. Katz's research areas of interest include cell regulatio and the role of protein kinases, calmodulin and adenylate cyclase. Please note that Dr. Katz no longer conducts laboratory research and is not accepting applications from graduate students at this time.
"Order of Canada." Katz S. 2003.
"National Janssen Ortho Award for career achievement in pharmaceutical science research." Katz S. 2000.