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Prof Jerry Turnbull BSc (Hons), PhD FRSB FRSC

Johnston Professor of Biochemistry Biochemistry


    Personal Statement

    Prof Jeremy E Turnbull

    BSc (Hons) Biochemistry 1983 University of Wales
    PhD 1990 University of Manchester
    MRC Senior Research Fellow 1996-2006
    FRSB 2011
    FRSC 2012

    Prof Turnbull heads the Molecular Glycobiology Research group (currently 1 Postdoctoral Fellow, 1 Technician and 2 PhD students). Their research interests cover the molecular glycobiology of heparan sulphates (a specialized class of multi-functional glycoproteins) in health and disease, including drug discovery. Major topics of interest include the structure-activity relationships of these complex glycans; development of glycomics approaches for systems level investigation of HS glycans; their functional roles in complex biological systems; applications in stem cell biology and in drug discovery for cancer, neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord injury. Prof Turnbull is also the lead for the Molecular Basis of Therapeutic Targeting research theme within IIB.

    Personal Distinctions

    • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry 2012)
    • Fellow of the Society of Biology (Society of Biology 2011)
    • MRC Senior Research Fellowship (1996 - 2006) (Competitive Fellowship, Medical Research Council 1996)
    • Johnston Chair of Biochemistry, University of Liverpool (2009 - ) (University of Liverpool 2009)
    • Elected Chair, Gordon Conference on Proteoglycans 2016 (Proteogiycan Gordon Conferences 2012)
    • Elected Chair, 4th Gordon Conference on FGFs, Italy, 2012 (FGF Gordon Conference 2008)
    • Barry Preston Award Lecturer, Australian Matrix Biology Meeting 2003 (Keynote Speech, Barry Preston Award Lecturer, Australian Matrix Biology Society 2003)
    • Visiting Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand (University of Canterbury 2014)
    • Visiting Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury (2007) (Visiting Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand 2007)
    • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Biological Chemistry (2005 - 2009 ) (Journal of Biological Chemistry 2005)
    • Organizer, Biochem Soc. 67th Harden Conference, Decoding HS Biology, Cambridge, March 2009 (Biochemical Society 2008)

    Administrative Roles

    • Theme Leader, Molecular Basis of Therapeutic Targetting, Institute of Integrative Biology
    • Chair, Faculty Excellence with Impact Group 2013-2016
    • Director, Centre for Glycobiology;

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