Mark Turner


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    I completed my BSc (Hons) and Postgraduate (MSc) study at the University of Hull in Sport and Exercise Science. I then went onto Loughborough University where I completed my PhD in skeletal muscle tissue engineering and its application to investigate insulin resistance.

    As a postdoctoral research associate at Loughborough, I conducted research in humans and cell culture models to investigate glucose metabolism, insulin sensitivity and lipids accumulation in response to changes in dietary composition. In 2019, I continued this theme of investigation as a research fellow in endocrinology and metabolism at Coventry University where I am now an Assistant Professor in Endocrinology and Metabolism based in the Centre for Health and Life Sciences. In addition, I recently became a member of the Institute for Cardio-Metabolic Medicine at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.  

    I currenlty teach across a number of health and life science postgraduate and undergraduate courses at Coventry and am the external examiner for the iBSc in Endocrinology at Imperial College London. I work closely with the Society for Endocrinology as an member of their Council and trustee and am a reciepiant of their Leadership and Development Award.

    I review manuscripts for several journals across endocrinology, metabolism and physiology and am currently on the editorial board for the Journal of Endocrinology and Journal of Molecular Endocrinology.

    Research Interests

    My  research interests primerily focus on the cellular and molecular responses of skeletal muscle in health and disease. I'm interested in how skeletal muscle metabolism changes across the life-course and diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and cancer. I use an integrative approach to investigate how we can induce adpation which improve skeletal muscle metabolism through nutritional, exercise or pharmacological means to improve health and quality of life.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    Academic Practice in Higher Education, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University


    Award Date: 5 Sept 2023

    Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Doctorate, Cell culture models of insulin signalling and glucose uptake, Loughborough University

    Oct 2011Sept 2014

    Award Date: 15 Dec 2015

    Sport and Exercise Science, MSc, University of Hull

    Dec 2010Jun 2012

    Award Date: 14 Dec 2012

    Sport and Exercise Science, Degree, University of Hull

    Oct 2007Jun 2010

    Award Date: 1 Oct 2007

    External positions

    External Examiner - iBSC Endocrinology, Imperial College London

    Sept 2023 → …


    • QP Physiology
    • Metabolism
    • Diabetes
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Cell Metabolism
    • Liver
    • NAFLD
    • Skeletal Muscle
    • Nutrition
    • Endocrinology
    • Metabolic Disease


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