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Professor Anthony (Tony) Turner

Professor Turner's name is synonymous with the field of Biosensors and in 2010 he joined IFM-Linköping to create a new Centre for Biosensors and Bioelectronics. His previous thirty-five year academic career in the UK culminated in the positions of Principal of Cranfield University at Silsoe and Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology.

He held a personal chair in Biosensor Technology at Cranfield University from 1989, where he has also had responsibility for leveraging Cranfield University's IP via spin outs and licensing. He is now an Emeritus Professor at Cranfield. He has a number of honorary and visiting positions elsewhere including Visiting Professor at the University of Florence, Italy and Chonbuk National University, Korea; permanent Adjunt Professor at Jiansu University in China; Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Gloucestershire NHS Trust in the UK; Advisory Board Member for Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology , Japan; and is a member of the Court of both Cranfield University and Bedforshire University.

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 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. He was admitted to the USA National Academy of Engineering in 2006, for his work on glucose sensors, environmental monitors and synthetic recognition molecules. 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 (>350 refereed journal papers and reviews) in the field of biosensors and biomimetic sensors and a Hirsch Index of 70. 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 ~50 PhD students, ~30 Master dissertations and launched the first Masters courses in the UK in Environmental Diagnostics, Medical Diagnostics and Nanomedicine.

Current activities

Professor Turner has a long track record of blending fundamental research with R&D and consultancy for commercial clients, government bodies and funding agencies. While he also still works to develop business opportunities, his main focus is now on research. His current principal 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
  • Arrays, biomimetics and tele-interfaces for digital health

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. In addition to starting or helping to start a number of companies, he continued this commitment to university innovation as Managing Director of Cranfield Diagnostics Ltd (1996-2001) and Innovations Director of Cranfield Ventures Ltd between 2006-2014. He is currently a Director of IF Sensing Ltd (Manchester, UK). In his thirty-five years managing and directing commercial R&D, he numbers 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 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 a High Level Expert. He founded the World Congress on Biosensors for Elsevier in 1990 and has chaired it since then.

Recent Publications

h-index: 70

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Recent Original Research Papers

  • Azzouzi, S., Patra, H.K., Ben Ali, M., Abbas, M.H., Radwan, A-L. A., Dridi, C., Errachid, A. and Turner, A.P.F. (2016). Citrate-selective smart electrochemical µ-sensors as early warning system for prostate cancer. Sensors and Actautors B (in press).

  • Golabi, M., Kuralay, F., Jager, E.W.H., Beni, V. and Turner, A.P.F. (2016). Electrochemical bacterial detection using poly(3-aminophenylboronic acid)-based imprinted polymer. Biosensors and Bioelectronics (in press) DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2016.09.088

  • Golabi, M., Turner, A.P.F. and Jager, E.W.H. (2016). Tunable Conjugated Polymers for Bacterial Differentiation. Sensors and Actuators B 222, 839-848.

  • Golabi, M., Turner, A.P.F. and Jager, E.W.H. (2016). Tuning the surface properties of polypyrrole films for modulating bacterial adhesion. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 217 (10) (in press). DOI: 10.1002/macp.201500445

  • Kor, K., Zarei, K., Atabati, M., Turner, A.P.F., Beni, V. and Mak, W.C. (2016). Structurally responsive oligonucleotide-based single-probe lateral-flow test for detection of miRNA-21 mimics. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 408, 1475-1485.

  • Mishra, S., Ashaduzzaman, Md., Mishra, P., Swart, H.C., Turner, A.P.F. and Tiwari, A. (2016). Stimuli-enabled zipper-like graphene interface for auto-switchable bioelectronics. Biosensors and Bioelectronics (in press) DOI:10.1016/j.bios.2016.03.052

  • Osikoya, A.O., Parlak, O., N. Murugan, A., Dikio, E.D.D., Moloto, H., Uzun, L., Turner, A.P.F. and Tiwari, A. (2016). Acetylene-sourced CVD-synthesised catalytically active graphene for electrochemical biosensing. Biosensors and Bioelectronics (in press) DOI:10.1016/j.bios.2016.03.063

  • Parlak, O., Beyazit, S., Jafari, M.J., Tse Sum Bui, B., Haupt, K., Tiwari, A. and Turner, A.P.F. (2016). Light-Triggered Switchable Graphene–Polymer Hybrid Bioelectronics. Advanced Materials Interfaces 3 (2) DOI: 10.1002/admi.201500353

  • Parlak, O., Beyazit, S., Tse Sum Bui, B., Haupt, K., Turner, A.P.F. and Tiwari, A. (2016). Programmable bioelectronics in a stimuli-encoded 3D graphene interfaces. Nanoscale. 8, 9976-9981.

  • Sekretaryova, A.N., Vagin, M.Y., Turner, A.P.F. and Eriksson, M. (2016). Electrocatalytic current from a single enzyme molecule. JACS, 138, 2504–2507.

  • Sekretaryova, A.N., Volkov, A.V., Zozoulenko, I.V., Turner, A.P.F., Vagin, M.Y. and Eriksson, M. (2016). Total phenol analysis of weakly supported water using a laccase-based microband biosensor. Analytica Chimica Acta 907, 45–53.

  • Sheikhzadeh, E., Chamsaz, M., Turner, A.P.F., Jager, E.W.H. and Beni, V. (2016). Label-free impedimetric biosensor for Salmonella T. detection based on pyrrole (pyrrole -3-carboxyl acid) copolymer supported aptamer. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 80, 194-200.

  • Vagin, M.Y., Jeerapan, I., Wannapob, R., Thavarungkul, P., Kanatharana, P., Anwar, N., McCormac, T., Eriksson, M., Turner, A.P.F., Jager, E. and Mak, W.C. (2016). Water-processable polypyrrole microparticle modules for direct fabrication of hierarchical structured electrochemical interfaces. Electrochimica Acta 190, 495–503

  • Zhybak, M.T., Beni, V., Vagin, M.Y., Dempsey, E., Turner, A.P.F. and Korpan, Y. (2016). Creatinine and urea biosensors based on a novel ammonium ion-selective copper-polyaniline nano-composite. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 77, 505-511.

  • Zhybak, M.T., Vagin, M.Y., Beni, V., Dempsey, E., Turner, A.P.F. and Korpan, Y. (2016). Direct detection of ammonium ion by means of oxygen electrocatalysis at a copper-polyaniline composite on a screen-printed electrode. Microchimica Acta (in press). DOI:10.​1007/​s00604-016-1834-3

Recent Reviews

  • Mak, W.C., Beni, V. and Turner, A.P.F. (2016). Lateral-flow technology: from visual to instrumental. Trends in Analytical Chemistry (in press). DOI: 10.1016/j.trac.2015.10.017

  • Sekretaryova, A.N., Eriksson, M. and Turner, A.P.F. (2016). Bioelectrocatalytic systems for health applications. Biotechnology Advances 34, 177–197.

  • Parlak, O. and Turner, A.P.F. (2016). Switchable bioelectronics. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 76, 251-265.

  • Turner, A.P.F. (2016). Preface: 30th Anniversary Issue Biosensors and Bioelectronics. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 76, 1.

  • Uzun, L. and Turner, A.P.F. (2016). Molecularly-imprinted polymer sensors: realising their potential. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 76, 131-144.

Recent Books

  • Li, S., Cao, S., Piletsky, S.A. and Turner, A.P.F. (2015). Molecularly Imprinted Catalysts: principle, synthesis and applications. Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0-12-801301-4.

  • Tiwari, A., Patra, H.K. and Turner, A.P.F. (2015). Advanced Bioelectronic Materials. WILEY-Scrivener Publishing, USA. pp. 500. ISBN: 978-1-118-99830-4.

Visiting Positions

  • 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)

Biosensors - An Introduction by Anthony Turner

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Professor Anthony Turner introduces Biosensors and Bioelectronics

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Last updated: 07/06/17