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


Book Sections

Turner, J. E., 2017. Immunosenescence. In: Gellman, M. and Turner, J. R., eds. Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. New York, U. S. A.: Springer, pp. 1-7.

Turner, J. E., 2013. Carbohydrates. In: Gellman, M. and Turner, R. J., eds. Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Springer.

Turner, J. E., 2013. Exercise stress test. In: Gellman, M. and Turner, J. R., eds. Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Springer.

Turner, J. E., 2013. Maximum exercise heart rate. In: Gellman, M. and Turner, J. R., eds. Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. Springer.

Bosch, J. A., Rector, J. L., Turner, J. E., Riddel, N. E., O'Hartaigh, B. and Burns, V. E., 2013. Psychoneuromicrobiology: cytomegalovirus infection as a putative link between stress, aging and immunity. In: Bosch, J., Phillips, A. and Lord, J., eds. Immunosenescence. Springer, pp. 81-100.


Turner, J. E. and Brum, P. C., 2017. Does Regular Exercise Counter T Cell Immunosenescence Reducing the Risk of Developing Cancer and Promoting Successful Treatment of Malignancies? Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, 2017, 4234765.

Thomson, P. J., Goodson, M. L., Cocks, K. and Turner, J. E., 2017. Interventional laser surgery for oral potentially malignant disorders – a longitudinal patient cohort study. International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial surgery, 46 (3), pp. 337-342.

Turner, J., Spielmann, G., Wadley, A., Aldred, S., Simpson, R. and Campbell, J., 2016. Exercise-induced B cell mobilisation:preliminary evidence for an influx of immature cells into the bloodstream. Physiology and Behavior, 164 (A), pp. 376-382.

Piacentini, M. F., Witard, O. C., Tonoli, C., Jackman, S. R., Turner, J. E., Kies, A. K., Jeukendrup, A. E., Tipton, K. D. and Meeusen, R., 2016. Intensive training affects mood with no effect on brain-derived neurotrophic factor. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 11 (6), pp. 824-830.

Perkin, O. J., Travers, R. L., Gonzalez, J. T., Turner, J. E., Gillison, F., Wilson, C., McGuigan, P. M., Thompson, D. and Stokes, K. A., 2016. Exercise strategies to protect against the impact of short-term reduced physical activity on muscle function and markers of health in older men:study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 17 (1), 381.

Nightingale, T., Walhin, J.-P., Turner, J. E., Thompson, D. and Bilzon, J., 2016. Influence of a home-based exercise intervention on human health indices in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury (HOMEX-SCI):study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 17 (1), 284.

Turner, J. E., 2016. Is immunosenescence influenced by our lifetime “dose” of exercise? Biogerontology, 17 (3), pp. 581-602.

Turner, J. E., 2016. Erratum to: Is immunosenescence influenced by our lifetime “dose” of exercise? Biogerontology

Wadley, A., Turner, J. E. and Aldred, S., 2016. Factors influencing post-exercise plasma protein carbonyl concentration. Free Radical Research, 50 (4), pp. 375-384.

Turner, J. E., Wadley, A., Aldred, S., Fisher, J., Bosch, J. A. and Campbell, J. P., 2016. Intensive exercise does not preferentially mobilise skin-homing T cells and NK cells. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Turner, J. E. and Bosch, J. A., 2016. Closing the border on a new frontier:the problem with salivary nerve growth factor. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78 (1), pp. 114-116.

Lee, B. J., Sukri, N. M., Ogden, H., Vine, C., Thake, C. D., Turner, J. E. and Bilzon, J. L. J., 2015. A comparison of two commercially available ELISA methods for the quantification of human plasma heat shock protein 70 during rest and exercise stress. Cell Stress Chaperones, 20 (6), pp. 917-926.

Wadley, A. J., Chen, Y. W., Bennett, S. J., Lip, G. Y. H., Turner, J. E., Fisher, J. P. and Aldred, S., 2015. Monitoring changes in thioredoxin and over-oxidised peroxiredoxin in response to exercise in humans. Free Radical Research, 49 (3), pp. 290-298.

Taylor, I. M., Turner, J. E., Gleeson, M. and Hough, J., 2015. Negative Psychological Experiences and Saliva Secretory Immunoglobulin A in Field Hockey Players. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 27 (1), pp. 67-78.

Taylor, G. S., Jia, H., Harrington, K., Lee, L. W., Turner, J. E., Ladell, K., Price, D. A., Tanday, M., Matthews, J., Roberts, C., Edwards, C., McGuigan, L., Hartley, A., Wilson, S., Hui, E. P., Chan, A. T. C., Rickinson, A. B. and Steven, N. M., 2014. A recombinant modified vaccinia Ankara vaccine encoding Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) target antigens:a phase I trial in UK patients with EBV-positive cancer. Clinical Cancer Research, 20 (19), pp. 5009-5022.

Turner, J. E., Bennett, S. J., Bosch, J. A., Griffiths, H. R. and Aldred, S., 2014. Ultra-endurance exercise:Unanswered questions in redox biology and immunology. Biochemical Society Transactions, 42 (4), pp. 989-95.

Turner, J. E., Campbell, J. P., Edwards, K. M., Howarth, L. J., Pawelec, G., Aldred, S., Moss, P., Drayson, M. T., Burns, V. E. and Bosch, J. A., 2014. Rudimentary signs of immunosenescence in Cytomegalovirus-seropositive healthy young adults. Age, 36 (1), pp. 287-297.

Turner, J. E., Bennett, S. J., Campbell, J., Bosch, J. A., Aldred, S. and Griffiths, H. R., 2013. The antioxidant enzyme peroxiredoxin-2 is depleted in lymphocytes seven days after ultra-endurance exercise. Free Radical Research, 47 (10), pp. 821-828.

Cobbold, M., De La Pena, H., Norris, A., Polefrone, J. M., Qian, J., English, A. M., Cummings, K. L., Penny, S., Turner, J. E., Cottine, J., Abelin, J. G., Malaker, S. A., Zarling, A. L., Huang, H.-W., Goodyear, O., Freeman, S. D., Shabanowitz, J., Pratt, G., Craddock, C., Williams, M. E., Hunt, D. F. and Engelhard, V. H., 2013. MHC class I–associated phosphopeptides are the targets of memory-like immunity in Leukemia. Science Translational Medicine, 5 (203), 203ra125.

Bauer, M. E., Muller, G. C., Correa, B. L., Vianna, P., Turner, J. E. and Bosch, J. A., 2013. Psychoneuroendocrine interventions aimed at attenuating immunosenescence:A review. Biogerontology, 14 (1), pp. 9-20.

Witard, O. C., Turner, J. E., Jackman, S. R., Kies, A. K., Jeukendrup, A. E., Bosch, J. A. and Tipton, K. D., 2013. High dietary protein restores overreaching induced impairments in leukocyte trafficking and reduces the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection in elite cyclists. Brain Behavior and Immunity

Witard, O. C., Turner, J. E., Jackman, S. R., Tipton, K. D., Jeukendrup, A. E., Kies, A. K. and Bosch, J. A., 2012. High-intensity training reduces CD8+ T-cell redistribution in response to exercise. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 44 (9), pp. 1689-1697.

Whitelegg, A. M. E., Birtwistle, J., Richter, A., Campbell, J., Turner, J. E., Ahmed, T. M., Giles, L. J., Fellows, M., Plant, T., Ferraro, A. J., Cobbold, M., Drayson, M. T. and MacLennan, C. A., 2012. Measurement of antibodies to pneumococcal, meningococcal and haemophilus polysaccharides, and tetanus and diphtheria toxoids using a 19-plexed assay. Journal of Immunological Methods, 377 (1-2), pp. 37-46.

Turner, J. E., Bosch, J. A. and Aldred, S., 2011. Measurement of exercise-induced oxidative stress in lymphocytes. Biochemical Society Transactions, 39 (5), pp. 1299-1304.

Turner, J. E., Hodges, N. J., Bosch, J. A. and Aldred, S., 2011. Prolonged depletion of antioxidant capacity after ultraendurance exercise. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 43 (9), pp. 1770-1776.

Turner, J. E., Bosch, J. A., Drayson, M. T. and Aldred, S., 2011. Assessment of oxidative stress in lymphocytes with exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology, 111 (1), pp. 206-211.

Turner, J. E., Aldred, S., Witard, O. C., Drayson, M. T., Moss, P. M. and Bosch, J. A., 2010. Latent cytomegalovirus infection amplifies CD8 T-lymphocyte mobilisation and egress in response to exercise. Brain Behavior and Immunity, 24 (8), pp. 1362-1370.

Turner, J. E., Markovitch, D., Betts, J. A. and Thompson, D., 2010. Nonprescribed physical activity energy expenditure is maintained with structured exercise and implicates a compensatory increase in energy intake. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 92 (5), pp. 1009-1016.

Thompson, D., Markovitch, D., Betts, J. A., Mazzatti, D. J., Turner, J. E. and Tyrrell, R. M., 2010. Time-course of changes in inflammatory markers during a 6-mo exercise intervention in sedentary middle-aged men: a randomized-controlled trial. Journal of Applied Physiology, 108 (4), pp. 769-779.

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