UMD: A Globally Connected University

Paul Turner

Associate Professor
2234J School of Public Health Building
College Park, MD 20742-2611
Work Phone: 
301 405 6583
Expert Credentials: 

MIEH 600 - Introduction to Environmental Health, MIEH 720 Principles of Toxicology, MIEH 735 - Food Toxicology, MIEH 688 Seminar in MIAEHS: Current Topics in Environmental Health are graduate course with a focus on exposures that are local and global. I have had a long history of research / collaborations in international settings including Africa (The Gambia, Guinea, Benin, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Togo, Camaroon, Egypt), Europe (UK, France, Sweden, Austria, Denmark) in addition to China, Iran and Brazil. Studies have focused on understanding the health effects from dietary exposures to several families of potent myctoxins. Recent grants have included Gates-Foundation (Mycotoxins as a Risk Factor in Childhood Growth Impairment Worldwide), NIEHS (Molecular Biomarkers for Environmental Carcinogens), European Union (Novel integrated strategies for worldwide mycotoxin reduction in food and feed chains) UK Food Safety Agency (The analysis of urinary biomarkers of Fusarium mycotoxins), World Cancer Research Fund (Validation of Human Biomarkers of Fumonisin Exposure). I have written several book chapters in specialist books on mycotoxins, toxicology and biomonitoring. I have a honorary position at the University of Hong Kong, where I co-supervise a PhD student. I have published 45 peer reviewed articles in high impact journals including The Lancet, Environmental Health Perspectives, International Journal of Epidemiology, Cancer epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention among others. I am frequently invited to International meetings to present novel data on international child health in relation to dietary toxins, and, interventions to restrict exposure.

Area of Expertise: 

Dietary toxins, child health, interventions, developing countries, cancer, malnutrition, cereals, mycotoxins, exposure assessment, epidemiology, food toxicology, growth faltering, stunting, liver cancer, gastrointestinal toxicity, Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Guinea, Gambia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Togo

Ph.D Chemistry University of Edinburgh, UK (1995),B.Sc. Biochemistry and Toxicology University of Surrey, UK (1990)