Paul Eugene Turner, PhD

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Departments & Organizations

CPIRT - Pulmonary Infection Research and Treatment

Molecular Virology: Virology laboratories

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Microbiology: Viruses

Global Health Initiative: Infectious Diseases

Climate Change and Health

Biography

The Turner group is interested in examining how viruses evolutionarily adapt to overcome new challenges, such as emergence on novel host species, transmission via new arthropod vectors, survival at elevated temperatures, or changes in host immunity. Their work also examines how viruses can be used in phage therapy as an alternative to traditional antibiotics, and in oncolytic therapy against cancers. They employ a wide variety of study systems, including bacteria-bacteriophage studies, and tissue culture experiments using molecular virology models such as vesicular stomatitis virus and Sindbis virus, and disease pathogens such as dengue virus.

Education & Training

PhD Michigan State University, Microbial Ecology and Evolution (1995)
BS University of Rochester, Biology (1988)
Postdoc National Institutes of Health
Postdoc University of Valencia, Spain
Postdoc University of Maryland, College Park

International Activity

  • Evolutionary Medicine United Kingdom (2011)

    Program aims to establish the first world-wide research and training program in Evolutionary Medicine and to set the agenda for this rapidly developing field.

  • Evolutionary Medicine Denmark (2011)

    Program aims to establish the first world-wide research and training program in Evolutionary Medicine and to set the agenda for this rapidly developing field.

  • Evolutionary Medicine Switzerland (2011)

    Program aims to establish the first world-wide research and training program in Evolutionary Medicine and to set the agenda for this rapidly developing field.

  • Ecology and Evolution of Pathogenic RNA Viruses Russia (2008)

    Professor Turner works with colleagues at VECTOR (Novosibirsk, Siberian Russia) to study the natural history and evolution of pathogenic RNA viruses such as Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever.

  • RNA viruses and the Evolution of Host Adaptation Spain (2008)

    With colleagues at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Professor Turner is examining the importance of molecular changes to the virus genome in determining the adaptation of RNA viruses to different hosts.

  • Biogeography and virus evolution Mexico (2003)

    Professor Turner collaborates with researchers at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM Mexico City), examining the importance of genetic exchange in the evolution of viruses.

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Paul Eugene Turner, PhD

Curriculum Vitae

Paul Turner Lab