Mark Turner


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    I am an integrative physiologist with an interest and track record in human physiology and metabolism. I completed my BSc and MSc at the University of Hull in Sport and Exercise Science before moving to 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. 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 the Centre for Health and Life Sciences.  

    I have obtained internal and external funding to support my research. I collaborate with research groups across the UK and internationally to investigate the adaptive and maladaptive changes to skeletal muscle in different disease states from the whole tissue to the cellular level.

    Research Interests

    My background and research is in the cellular and molecular responses of skeletal muscle to lifestyle factors, mainly diet and exercise. I'm specifically interested in how we can apply these interventions to improve skeletal muscle health across difference diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and cancer. I use an integrative approach to study skeletal muscle, employing a variety of molecular biology techniques to analyse adaptive and maladaptive changes to tissue and cells.

    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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