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I was employed in the Department for Health at the University of Bath from 2013-2022. I joined as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in 2013 and I was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in 2018. In September 2022, I moved institutions to the University of Birmingham UK, to take up an Associate Professor position in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences. Please contact me via: j.e.turner.2@bham.ac.uk

My areas of expertise are exercise physiology and immunology. My research explores the impact that a physically active lifestyle can have on ageing and mechanisms of chronic disease. My research projects are undertaken either in the context of disease risk, or in clinical settings among patients undergoing treatment for cancer.

Prior to my academic posts, I undertook a PhD between 2007-2010 at the University of Birmingham, UK. My research covered topics related to exercise, ageing and immune system functioning. 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 how the immune system is impacted by cancer, helping novel therapies to be developed. In addition, my projects provided data to inform the initial design features of 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 system ageing (or immunosenescence)
  • Inflammation (or inflammageing)
  • Cancer (risk and treatment)

These themes are examined in the context of:

  • Exercise and physical activity
  • Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Ageing

Other professional roles: 

Society memberships:

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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