Dr Dann Turner

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About me

My research centres on the isolation and characterisation of bacterial viruses; the bacteriophages. Bacteriophages are obligate intracellular viruses of bacteria which have the capacity to infect and kill bacteria (lytic phages) or to stably integrate into the bacterial genome (temperate phages). My research interests include:

1) To understand the evolutionary mechanisms giving rise to bacteriophage genome diversity.
2) Understand the contribution of temperate bacteriophages to bacterial virulence and fitness.
3) To determine bacteriophage gene function through bioinformatics and laboratory approaches.
4) To exploit bacteriophage molecular pathways as novel antimicrobial agents.‚Äč

My additional roles include:

Associate Editor - Bacterial Viruses - Viruses (MDPI)

Chair - UWE Genetic Modification Safety Committee

Vice-Chair - Bacterial and Archaeal Viruses Subcommittee - International Commitee on Taxonomy of Viruses

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