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Paul Turner PhD

Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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Paul Turner, PhD
Paul Turner
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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

Activities

  • 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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