Professor Turner has a long track record of blending fundamental research with R&D and consultancy for commercial clients, government bodies and funding agencies. Currently, while he still works to develop business opportunities, his main focus is on research.
Professor Turner's current principal research interests are:
- Next generation fabrication - The fully integrated device
- Nanobioreactors and smart supramolecular structures
- Semi-synthetic and synthetic ligands - Plastic antibodies & catalytic electrodes
- Bioinspired nanotechnologies for sensing and therapy
- Targeted imaging and release technologies
- Controlled surfaces for cellular interaction
- In vivo devices for regenerative medicine
- Single-molecule sensing
- Arrays, biomimetics and tele-interfaces for digital health
Before being recruited to create Linköping University's Biosensors and Bioelectronics Center at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology in 2010, Professor Tuner had a distinguished academic career in the UK. This thirty-five year academic career culminated in the positions of Principal of Cranfield University at Silsoe and Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology.
Professor Tuner held a personal chair in Biosensor Technology at Cranfield University from 1989, where he has also had responsibility for leveraging Cranfield University's Intellectual Property via spin-outs and licensing. He is now an Emeritus Professor at Cranfield, and holds a number of honorary and visiting positions elsewhere including:
- Visiting Professor at the University of Florence, Italy
- Visiting Professor at Chonbuk National University, Korea
- Permanent Adjunt Professor at Jiansu University, China
- Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Gloucestershire NHS Trust, UK
- Advisory Board Member for Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Professor Turner is also a member of the Court of both Cranfield University and Bedforshire University in the UK.
In the UK, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1996, invited to Fellowship of the Institute of Biology in 1999 and the Institute of Physics in 2006. He was awarded a Higher Doctorate (DSc) for his exceptional contribution to the field of biosensors by the University of Kent in 2001 and an Honorary DSc by the University of Bedfordshire in 2008, where he served as a Governor for six years.
His pioneering work on glucose sensors, environmental monitors and synthetic recognition molecules was recognised by the USA National Academy of Engineering in 2006, when Professor Turner was awarded the position of Foreign Associate.
He won the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) Theophilus Redwood Medal for Analytical Science in 2011, and was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science (IVA) in 2013. In 2016, he was awarded the Ukraine's highest academic distinction, the Vernadsky Gold Medal, for his outstanding achievements in the field of bioelectronics, and also the Datta Medal by the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) for his outstanding achievements in the field of biochemistry.
Professor Turner has over 750 publications and patents, with over 350 refereed journal papers and reviews, in the field of biosensors and biomimetic sensors, and a Hirsch Index of 74. He has won a number of prestigious scientific awards and presented well over 500 keynote and plenary lectures at a range of international meetings and honour ceremonies around the world. He co-founded and has edited the principal journal in the field, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, since 1985, and edited the first textbook on Biosensors in 1987. He has supervised over 50 PhD students and 30 Master dissertations, and launched the first Masters courses in the UK in Environmental Diagnostics, Medical Diagnostics and Nanomedicine.
Innovation and Coordination
Tony Turner has held a range of commercial positions continuously since 1982, commencing with Project Director for MediSense's (Abbott) in vitro diagnostics programme. In this role, he led the team that invented, designed and developed the world's most successful type of biosensor, the mediated amperometric enzyme electrode for glucose for home use.
Alongside starting or helping to start a number of companies, Professor Turner continued his commitment to university innovation as Managing Director of Cranfield Diagnostics Ltd. (1996-2001) and Innovations Director of Cranfield Ventures Ltd. (2006-2014). He is currently a Director of IF Sensing Ltd. (Manchester, UK) and Innovosens AB (Malmö, Sweden). In his thirty-five years managing and directing commercial R&D efforts, he has numbered amongst his clients all the major diagnostic companies in the world and numerous other small and large enterprises. In addition to advising companies and governments worldwide in the general area of analytical biotechnology, he has served as an expert witness in numerous patent litigations and arbitrations in the USA, Europe and Australia.
He played a key role in coordinating research activities in medical and environmental sensors in the European Union and led concerted actions and thematic networks since 1988. He has also served as an advisor to the European Parliament and as a High Level Expert. He founded the World Congress on Biosensors for Elsevier in 1990 and has chaired it since then.
Diploma project opportunity
There are two diploma project opportunities suitable for final year engineering graduate students in Prof. Turner's group. Please read more and apply here.
Editorial & Advisory Board
- Biosensors and Bioelectronics (Editor-in-Chief)
- Trends in Biotechnology
- Journal of Chinese Advanced Materials Society
- Journal of the International Union of Advanced Materials (JIUAM)
- Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
- University of Florence, Italy (Visiting Professor)
- Cranfield University, United Kingdom (Emeritus Professor)
- Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, United Kingdom (Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist)
- Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan (Visiting Professor)
- Jiangsu University, China (Adjunct Professor)