Dr Neil A. Turner

Dr Neil A. Turner


I obtained a First Class BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester and a PhD in neuronal signal transduction from the University of Leeds before undertaking a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA) working on cardiomyocyte stress signalling pathways. I returned to Leeds in 1998 and was subsequently awarded a Research Councils UK 5-year Academic Research Fellowship to study the regulation of human cardiac fibroblast function, before obtaining a full academic position of Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine. I was promoted to Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine in 2018.


  • LICAMM Action Group Lead for Career Development Academies (CarDeAc)
  • Lead for LICAMM Teaching Enhancement Network (TENet)
  • ICU Co-Lead for Introduction to Medical Sciences (Year 1 MBChB)

Research interests

My current research is focused on the signalling mechanisms regulating cardiac fibroblast function in the setting of inflammatory cardiac remodelling.

Recent grants as Principal Investigator

Regulation of human cardiac fibroblast function by specific microRNAs (British Heart Foundation, 2019-22).


Investigating the importance of interleukin-1alpha and its receptor on cardiac fibroblasts in post-MI myocardial remodelling (British Heart Foundation, 2016-18).

Investigating the role of the mechanosensitive cation channel Piezo1 in the regulation of cardiac fibroblast function (British Heart Foundation, 2015-18).

Modulation of myocardial remodelling by fibroblast-selective inhibition of p38-alpha signalling (British Heart Foundation, 2012-16).

Modulation of myocardial remodelling by fibroblast-selective inhibition of interleukin-1 signalling (British Heart Foundation, 2012-15).

Expression, regulation and function of p38 MAP kinase subtypes in human cardiac myofibroblasts (British Heart Foundation, 2006-09).


  • PhD - University of Leeds (1994)
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry - University of Manchester (1991)
  • FHEA - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016)

Professional memberships

  • British Society for Cardiovascular Research
  • International Society for Heart Research
  • European Society of Cardiology
  • Higher Education Academy

Student education

MBChB - Year 1 - Introduction to Medical Sciences (IMS) - ICU Co-lead, Lecturer and Tutor

MBChB - Year 1 - Research Evaluation and Special Studies (RESS) - Special Studies Project Tutor

Intercalated BSc Cardiovascular Medicine - Lecturer

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
  • Cardiovascular
  • Discovery and Translational Science
  • Immunity and inflammation
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