Department for Health

Dr James Turner

Lecturer in Human Physiology with expertise in Immunology

James Turner


1 West 4.126
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3566

Post-doctoral supervision

James is very happy to support early career researchers with fellowship applications to undertake immunological research at Bath.

Professional Memberships
  • Biochemical Society
  • International Society for Exercise Immunology
  • Associate of the Higher Education Academy
  • The Physiological Society UK
Collaborative links
  • School of Cancer Sciences, University of Birmingham UK
  • Clinical Immunology Service, University of Birmingham UK
  • School of Sport, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham UK
  • School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University UK
  • School of Sport, University of Stirling UK
  • Department of Psychology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


James joined the Department for Health as a Lecturer in 2013 and is leading a programme of research that examines the immunology of cancer and viral infection in the context of lifestyle factors and ageing.

James has established strong links with the Royal United Hospital Bath and is undertaking a number of projects to identify factors that predict successful treatment in patients with a cancer diagnosis. This work compliments other investigations that James is leading to help us understand how lifestyle factors influence the risk of developing cancer.

James works collaboratively on several other projects in the Department for Health that are examining the effects of different forms of exercise, and levels of physical activity or body composition, on aspects of immune function and redox processes.

Prior to his position at the University of Bath, James undertook a PhD between 2007-2010 in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham, UK. His thesis covered topics related to the biochemistry and immunology of ageing and exercise. Following his PhD, James remained in Birmingham to undertake three years of post-doctoral training in the School of Immunity and Infection and the School of Cancer Sciences. During this time, James characterised immune responses to novel therapeutic targets for treating blood cancers, and conducted research towards producing a prophylactic vaccine to prevent glandular fever and cancers caused by Epstein-Barr Virus.

Research interests

  • Ageing of the immune system
  • Cancer immunology
  • Vaccination and infectious disease
  • Redox biology
  • Exercise and physical activity
  • Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour
  • Overweight and obesity


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