Pedro Beltran Alvarez

Dr Pedro Beltran-Alvarez

Lecturer in Biomedical Sciences

Faculty of Health Sciences

School of Life Sciences

01482 466624

Research Mission: to investigate protein post-translational arginine methylation as a biomarker for chronic disease. Research Vision: to develop ideas and biochemical tools that enable the early diagnosis (ideally self-diagnosis) of chronic disease. 

Pedro did his PhD at the University of Bristol (2004-2007) funded by a Marie Curie grant from the EU.

After a short stage in the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL, Heildelberg, 2007-2009), he joined the Cardiovascular Research Centre at the University of Girona (2009), where he gained a Sara Borrell Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Spanish Government (2011-2014).

Pedro then joined the University of Hull in 2015 as a Lecturer. His laboratory has its own Facebook page featuring news and updates of his work.


Research Interests

  • Protein post-translational modifications, especially arginine methylation

  • Chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and stress

Research groups

We are interested in how post-translational modifications, especially arginine methylation, change during chronic disease, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and stress. We look at arginine methylation both from a systems biology approach (proteome level) and a reductionist approach, using individual proteins as model systems. We use a range of molecular biology and biochemistry techniques often including mass spectrometry and proteomics.


Onwuli D O, Yañez-Bisbe L, Pinsach-Abuin M L, Tarradas A, Brugada R, Greenman J, Pagans S, Beltran-Alvarez P, 'Do Sodium Channel Proteolytic Fragments Regulate Sodium Channel Expression?', Channels (Austin), 2017 Jul 18:1-6, doi: 10.1080/19336950.2017.1355663, [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28718687.

Tarradas A, Pinsach-Abuin M L, Mackintosh C, Llorà-Batlle O, Pérez-Serra A, Batlle M, Pérez-Villa F, Zimmer T, Garcia-Bassets I, Brugada R, Beltran-Alvarez P, Pagans S, 'Transcriptional Regulation of the Sodium Channel Gene (SCN5A) by GATA4 in Human Heart', Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology, 2017 Jan;102:74-82, doi: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2016.10.013, Epub 2016 Nov 26, PubMed PMID: 27894866.

Onwuli D O, Rigau-Roca L, Cawthorne C, Beltran-Alvarez P, 'Mapping Arginine Methylation in the Human Body and Cardiac Disease', Proteomics Clinical Applications, 2017 Jan;11(1-2), doi: 10.1002/prca.201600106, Epub 2016 Nov 25, PubMed PMID: 27600370.

Beltran-Alvarez P, Feixas F, Osuna S, Díaz-Hernández R, Brugada R, Pagans S, 'Interplay between R513 Methylation and S516 Phosphorylation of the Cardiac Voltage-gated Sodium Channel', Amino Acids, 2015 Feb;47(2):429-34, doi: 10.1007/s00726-014-1890-0, Epub 2014 Dec 16, PubMed PMID: 25501501.

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Biological Basis of Disease

  • Muscle Fitness and Failure

  • Clinical Biochemistry

  • Molecular Genetics and Proteomics

  • Diseases in Biomedicine

Research PhDs

Dr Beltran-Alvarez welcomes applications in post-translational modifications.

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Donatus O Onwuli

  • Sabrina Samuel

  • Alistair Marsden

  • Lauric Feugere (co-supervisor)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • FHEA

  • Nominated for Student-led Teaching Awards, 2018

  • Nominated for Employee Excellence Awards, 2017 

Invited talks:

  • Life Sciences 2019, Biochemical Society, British Pharmacological Society and The Physiological Society, Post-translational modifications and cell signalling, Nottingham 2019

  • British Society for Proteome Research, Bradford 2018

  • V International Congress on Analytical Proteomics, Lisbon 2017

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Lecturership Biomedical Sciences, University of Hull

  • PhD University of Bristol