Christopher Turner

Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Role of Granzymes in Skin Inflammation and Disease

 

Supervisor

Research Classification

Chronic Diseases in Elderly
Antibodies
Burns and Infection
Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases
Auto-Immune Diseases
Immune System
Parasitic Infections
Fibrosis
Skin
Skin Disorders
Development of Drug Delivery Systems
Diabetes
Nanomaterials
Nanoparticles

Research Interests

Wound Healing
Skin
drug delivery
Atopic Dermatitis
Cutaneous Leishmaniasis
Pressure Ulcers
Granzymes
Serine Proteases

Research Methodology

biochemical assays
Drug development
 

Biography

Dr Christopher Turner is a researcher into skin inflammation, chronic disease and wound healing at the Future industries Institute, University of South Australia, and Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University. Chris recently returned to Australia after 5 years at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada, where he completed a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowship. He received his Ph.D. in Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

His research interests encompass inflammation, aging and chronic disease, with an emphasis on skin. There is a focus on investigating mechanisms of inflammaging (progressive increase in generalized inflammation as we age), tissue repair, fibrosis, itch, angiogenesis and the role of proteases in chronic inflammatory disease. Chris has a track record in the development and pre-clinical testing of novel therapeutic agents. Diseases of research interest include pressure ulcers, diabetes, aging, dermatitis, skin blisters, ischemia-reperfusion injury and burns. Current projects are investigating granzymes, a family of serine proteases involved in inflammatory responses, angiogenesis, fibrosis and tissue organization. Also investigating Flightless I, a cytoskeletal actin-remodeling protein and negative regulator of wound repair.

Chris has received a number of awards and recognitions for his contributions to the research field; including Australasian Wound & Tissue Repair Society Young Investigator of the Year, twice awarded USA Wound Healing Society Young Investigator, Calgary Firefighters Award from the Skin Research Group of Canada, Dr. Robert Cowan Award from the University of British Columbia Plastics, Department of Surgery, and Bob Fraser New Investigator Award from The Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand. He was a finalist in the health category of The Australian Innovation Challenge. Training awards include a NHMRC Dora Lush Ph.D Scholarship, CIHR Research Fellowship, CIHR Institute of Aging Award, and CIHR IMPACT Strategic Training Program Award.

Awards

Skin Research Group of Canada, Annual Conference, Best Oral Presentation, Canada
Australasian Wound & Tissue Repair Society (AWTRS) Travel Award, Australia
BCRegMed Trainee Travel Award, Canada
Wound Healing Society (WHS) Young Investigator, USA: Identified as a top young investigator in the wound healing field
WHS Travel Award, USA
Skin Research Group of Canada Travel Award, Canada
WHS Travel Award, USA
WHS Young Investigator, USA: Identified as a top young investigator in the wound healing field
ICORD Trainee Travel Award, Canada
AWTRS Travel Award, Australia
AWTRS Young Investigator of the Year, Australia: In recognition of outstanding achievement by an early career researcher
Winner, ICORD Trainee Symposium, Best Senior Trainee Overall Presentation, UBC, Canada
AWTRS Travel Award, Australia
BCRegMed Trainee Travel Award, Canada
Dr. Robert Cowan Award for Best Scientific Paper, UBC Plastics Research Day, Vancouver, Canada
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Institute of Aging Travel Award, UBC, Canada: CIHR equivalent to the NH&MRC and success rate < 7% across Canada. Funded research performed on granzymes role in pressure injury
WHS Travel Award, USA
American Society of Matrix Biology (ASMB) Travel Award, USA
ICORD Trainee Travel Award, UBC, Canada
Bob Fraser New Investigator Award, Australia: The Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand (MBSANZ) established this award to recognize and support early career development in the field of matrix biology
The Australian Innovation Challenge, Finalist, Health Category, Australia: The challenge highlights innovation and helps to create an opportunity to make a difference… shine a spotlight on the incredible ideas and creativity which drive this country and encourage collaboration between industry, government and community
AWTRS Travel Award, Australia

Publications

 

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