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I joined the Department for Health at the University of Bath in 2013 and I am leading a programme of research that examines the immunology of chronic diseases such as cancer in the context of ageing and lifestyle. Prior to my position at the University of Bath, I undertook a PhD between 2007-2010 at the University of Birmingham, UK. My research covered topics related to exercise, immune function and ageing. Following my PhD, I remained at the University of Birmingham to undertake three years of post-doctoral training in cancer immunology. During this time, my contributions furthered our understanding of the immune system helping to establish novel therapeutic strategies for treating blood cancers. In addition, my projects contributed towards developing a prophylactic vaccine to prevent glandular fever and cancers caused by Epstein-Barr Virus.


The research projects I am leading cover topics such as:

  • Ageing of the immune system and inflammation 
  • Immune-surveillance and immune competency
  • Cancer risk and cancer treatment


Many of these themes are examined in the context of:

  • Exercise and physical activity
  • Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour
  • Overweight, obesity and diet
  • Psychosocial stress

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Projects 2013 2019

Research Output 2010 2018

Acute aerobic exercise induces a preferential mobilisation of plasmacytoid dendritic cells into the peripheral blood in man.

Brown, F. F., Campbell, J. P., Wadley, A. J., Fisher, J. P., Aldred, S. & Turner, J. E., 1 Oct 2018, In : Physiology and Behavior. 194, p. 191-198

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Dendritic Cells
Myeloid Cells
HLA-DR Antigens

Adipose Tissue Dysfunction

Trim, W., Thompson, D. & Turner, J. E., 2018, Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. New York, U. S. A.: Springer, p. 1-5

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Adipose Tissue
Intra-Abdominal Fat
Cellular Structures
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
4 Citations
Open Access
Communicable Diseases
Bacterial Antigens
Mucosal Immunity
Viral Antigens
Opportunistic Infections
2 Citations
Open Access
Adipose Tissue
Immune System
Knowledge Bases
2 Citations
Open Access
Immune system