Paul Turner
Paul Turner
Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology , Yale University and Microbiology faculty member at Yale School of Medicine
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Paul Turner is the Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, and microbiology faculty member at Yale School of Medicine. He is also director of both Yale’s Center for Phage Biology and Therapy and Quantitative Biology Institute. He studies evolutionary genetics of viruses, particularly phages (bacteria-specific viruses) that infect bacterial pathogens and RNA viruses transmitted by mosquitoes, and researches the use of phages to treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial diseases. In addition, he is very active in science communication and outreach to the general public, and in programs involving faculty collaboration with K-12 teachers to improve STEMM education in underserved public schools.

Dr. Turner’s current service includes the National Science Foundation’s Bio Advisory Committee and a term as president-elect of the International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. His honors include fellowships in the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Academy of Microbiology.

He obtained his BA in biology from the University of Rochester and PhD in microbial evolution from Michigan State University, and did postdocs at the National Institutes of Health, University of Valencia in Spain, and University of Maryland–College Park, before joining the Yale faculty in 2001.

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