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Dr Christopher Turner

Course Leader in Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation Science

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Dr Christopher Turner

T: 01473 338601

Dr Christopher Turner is the Course Leader for Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation Science. Dr Turner is a world-renowned cardiovascular biologist. He obtained his PhD from UCL and has worked in both academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to joining the University of Suffolk, Dr Turner worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA where he led a research programme focused on identifying genes that are essential for the development of the heart and the vasculature. He has also worked at Cancer research UK's London research Institute and GlaxoSmithKline.

Dr Turner's research is focused on understanding the signals that control the growth and patterning of the circulatory system. He is also interested the mechanisms that control the spread of tumour cells around the body, a process known as tumour metastasis.

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular development and disease
  • Cancer metastasis
  • Tissue engineering
  • Integrins and Extracellular Matrix

Selected Publications

  • Turner CJ, Badu-Nkansah K, Crowley D, van der Flier A, Hynes RO (2015) a5 and av integrins cooperate to regulate vascular smooth muscle and neural crest functions in vivo. Development. 142 (4), 797-808.
  • Turner CJ, Badu-Nkansah K, Crowley D, van der Flier A, Hynes RO (2014) Integrin-a5b1 is not required for mural cell functions during development of blood vessels but is required for lymphatic-blood vessel separation and lymphovenous valve formation. Developmental Biology.  
  • Nakayama A, Nakayama M, Turner CJ, Hoeing S, Lepore JJ, Adams RH (2013) Ephrin-B2 controls PDGFRb internalisation and signalling. Genes & Development. 27(23):2576-89.
  • Kuijper S, Turner CJ, Adams RH (2007) Regulation of angiogenesis by Eph-ephrin interactions. Trends. Cardiovasc. Med. 17(5), 145-51.
  • Foo SS*, Turner CJ*, Adams S, Compagni A, Aubyn D, Kogata N, Lindblom P, Shani M, Zicha D, Adams RH (2006) Ephrin-B2 controls cell motility and adhesion during blood-vessel-wall assembly. Cell. 124(1), 161-73.