Dr David Turton

School of Biosciences

University Teaching Associate

Dave Turton
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Dr David Turton
School of Biosciences
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S10 2TN

Career history

  • 2019 - present: University Teaching Associate – School of Biosciences, The University of Sheffield
  • 2017 - 2019: Teaching Technician – Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, The University of Sheffield
  • 2014 - 2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate – Department of Biomedical Science, The University of Sheffield
  • 2014 PhD – The S-phase specific function of the RNA helicase Upf1 – Department of Biomedical Science, The University of Sheffield
  • 2013 MRC Early Career Fellowship - Department of Biomedical Science, The University of Sheffield

I am a University Teaching Associate who specialises in the delivery of laboratory practical training to large groups of MSc students to prepare them for bioscience careers in research, healthcare and industry.

Research interests

My research background is in human cell biology, genome stability and telomere homeostasis.


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Teaching interests

Upon completing my MBiomedSci undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield, the data generated during my final year research project formed the basis of my PhD studies, where I investigated the role of mRNA regulatory proteins the maintenance of genomic stability in human cells.

This was followed by three years of academic research as a Research Associate where I worked on multiple collaborative research projects with colleagues from within the University and external industrial partners.

In 2017, I accepted a Teaching Technician position to deliver teaching and laboratory support to the ‘Human and Molecular Genetics’ and ‘Molecular Biology and Biotechnology’ MSc courses coordinated by Dr Adam Hodgson and Dr Qaiser Sheikh in the department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

In 2019, I progressed to my current role as University Teaching Associate where I use the experience gained during my research career to train the next generation of young scientists in the necessary laboratory and research skills required for careers in the clinical, research and commercial sectors.

Teaching activities


Human and Molecular Genetics MSc (Course Director)


Module coordinator for:

Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Bioscience (BIS403)

MSc Literature Review (MBB6402)

MSc Research Project (MBB6403)

Other Modules

Advanced Scientific Skills (BIS402)

Introduction To Research Methodology (MBB401)

Professional activities and memberships

Director of Postgraduate Taught Recruitment - School of Biosciences
Human and Molecular Genetics Course Director
Employability Lead (PGT) - School of Biosciences
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Genetics Society Ambassador