Anthony P.F. Turner Ph.D.

Turner, Anthony P.F.
Position Department / Business Unit
Professor Biotechnology
Institution Disciplines
Cranfield University Nanobiology Nanomedicine
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Professor Turner's name is synonymous with the field of Biosensors. Formerly Principal of Cranfield University at Silsoe, he returned to full-time research in February 2006 and is now a Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology in Cranfield Health, a new school of Cranfield University.

In his new position, he blends fundamental research with R&D and consultancy for Cranfield's many commercial clients. He has held a personal chair in Biosensor Technology at Cranfield since 1989 and has a number of honorary and visiting positions elsewhere. He is a Governor of the University of Luton. He has edited the principal journal in the field, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, since its foundation in 1985 and edited the first textbook on Biosensors in 1987. 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 founded the World Congress on Biosensors in 1990 and has chaired it since then.

In addition to his academic activities, Tony Turner has held a range of commercial positions continuously since 1982, commencing with Project Director for MediSense's in vitro diagnostics program. 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.
He continues this commitment to innovation today as a Director and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for Pelikan Technologies in Palo Alto. In addition to advising companies and governments worldwide in the general area of analytical biotechnology, he has served as an expert witness in patent litigations on three continents. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1996 and invited to Fellowship of the Institute of Biology in 1999. He was awarded a higher doctorate for his exceptional contribution to Biosensors by the University of Kent in 2001 and admitted to the USA National Academy of Engineering in 2006 for his work on glucose sensors, environmental monitors and synthetic recognition molecules.
Professor Turner has over 580 publications and patents in the field of Biosensors and Biomimetic Sensors. He has won a number of prestigious scientific awards worth over £100,000 in personal prize money and presented well over 350 keynote and plenary lectures at a range of international meetings and honor ceremonies around the world.

Current Research Interests:
1) Highly stable biosensors and sensing systems:
• For home or field use by non-specialists
• Small enough to be implanted in the body
• Distributed widely in the environment
• Configured as high density arrays
• With local intelligence and data transmission
• With integrated power supplies

2) Design and synthesis of semi-synthetic & synthetic ligands & catalysts for:
• Medical and environmental diagnostics
• Medical materials
• Drug delivery and imaging agents
• Novel pharmaceuticals


• BSc Applied Biology, PGCE Adult Education, MSc Biochemistry, PhD Microbiology, DSc (Higher Doctorate) Biosensors, ILTM, CBiol, FIBiol, CChem, FRSC.

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