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Research interests

I joined the Department for Health at the University of Bath as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in 2013 and I was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 2018. 

My areas of expertise are exercise physiology and immunobiology. I am leading a programme of research that examines the immunology of ageing and diseases, such as cancer, by exploring the impact lifestyle factors have on disease mechanisms. Some of my research is undertaken in the context of disease risk, but other projects examine clinical outcome predictors among patients undergoing treatment, primarily in a cancer setting.

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 develop novel therapeutic strategies for treating blood cancers. In addition, my projects contributed towards producing a prophylactic vaccine to prevent glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis) and cancers caused by Epstein-Barr Virus.

The research projects I am leading cover topics such as:

  • Immune ageing and inflammation 
  • Immune competency and surveillance
  • Cancer risk and cancer treatment

These themes are examined in the context of:

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

Other professional roles: 

Other memberships:

  • Biochemical Society
  • Physiological Society
  • International Society of Exercise and Immunology
  • UK Society for Exercise Immunology

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Research Output

A randomized controlled trial to reduce sedentary time in rheumatoid arthritis: Protocol and rationale of the Take a STAND for Health study

Pinto, A. J., Peçanha, T., Meireles, K., Benatti, F. B., Bonfiglioli, K., Lúcia de Sá Pinto, A., Lima, F. R., Pereira, R. M. R., Irigoyen, M. C. C., Turner, J., Kirwan, J. P., Owen, N., Dunstan, D. W., Roschel, H. & Gualano, B., 12 Feb 2020, In : Trials. 21, 1, 171.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Can exercise affect immune function to increase susceptibility to infection?

Simpson, R. J., Campbell, J. P., Gleeson, M., Krüger, K., Nieman, D. C., Pyne, D. B., Turner, J. E. & Walsh, N. P., 27 Mar 2020, In : Exercise Immunology Review. 26, p. 8-22 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
8 Citations (Scopus)

Immunological implications of physical inactivity among older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic

Damiot, A., Pinto, A. J., Turner, J. & Gualano, B., 9 Jun 2020, (Acceptance date) In : Gerontology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Brown, F. & Turner, J., 1 Jan 2020, Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Springer

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


Brown, F. & Turner, J., 21 Jan 2020, Encyclopedia of Behavioural Medicine. Springer, 1 p.

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


An Investigation into the Efficacy of Interventional Therapy for Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders. Population Studies from North-East England

Author: Thomson, P., 6 Sep 2016

Supervisor: Turner, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Medicine


Influence of hyperthermia and antioxidant supplementation on redox balance and heat shock protein response to exercise

Author: Mohd Sukri, N., 25 Jul 2018

Supervisor: Bilzon, J. (Supervisor), Turner, J. (Supervisor) & Betts, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


The NutCracker Study: a study of incidental sensitisation to peanut in egg allergic children, and the utility of component-resolved diagnostic testing to Ara h 2 in predicting clinical outcome

Author: Marriage, D., 26 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Turner, J. (Supervisor) & Henderson, J. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Health (DHealth)