Neill Turner, PhD

Dr. Neill Turner is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his Bachelor’s in Biomedical Science and his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom (UK), where he specialized in tissue engineering of vascular grafts using endothelial cells. He then did post-graduate work at the UK Centre for Tissue Engineering, University of Manchester, before he became a Research Associate in the Badylak Lab at the McGowan Institute, where he researched regenerative medicine approaches to repair musculoskeletal injuries.

Dr. Turner is investigating the role of decellularized extracellular matrix in limb and muscle regeneration. He has extensive experience studying vascular biology, cardiovascular tissue engineering and the development of decellularized tissues and ECM-based implants. Dr. Turner’s particular interests include:

  • The role dynamic forces play in the control of cell differentiation
  • Cellular recruitment to sites of injury
  • Cell:matrix signaling (matricellular proteins and matrix bound nanovesicles)
  • Optimization of tissue decellularization

View a list of Dr. Turner’s publications here.