Dr Ian Turner

Position: Head of Forensic Science

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Subject area: Forensic Sciences

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I am the Head of Forensic Science and the Deputy Head of the Dept. of Natural Sciences in the College of Life and Natural Sciences.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the Biology, Zoology and Forensic Science programmes. I have a wide range of teaching responsibilities from genetics and molecular biology to forensic science. I am Module Leader for the level six module 'Science Communication'.

Research interests

I am interested in Forensic Science research specifically the areas of Forensic Handwriting and Document Analysis. I also research pedagogy, specifically in innovative teaching and assessment and gamification (serious games in education).

Membership of professional bodies

The British Science Association – (2009 - Present) Chairman of the Derbyshire Branch and (2011 - present) elected member of the General Committee.

Higher Education Academy – National Teaching Fellow (FHEA, NTF)

Chartered Society of Forensic Science – Professional Member (MCFS)

Royal Society of Biology – Professional Member (MRSB)

Association of Learning and Technology - Member


Undergraduate Qualifications 

  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences - University of Warwick.

Postgraduate Qualifications 

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, University of Derby
  • MSc Forensic Science, Kings College London.

Research Qualifications 

  • PhD - Pharmacy, University of Nottingham.

Recent publications

Forensic Document Analysis

Nanotechnology in Forensic Science. Ian J Turner and Ya Tsz A Turner theReport - Journal of the Westminster and Holborn Law Society - September 2010

Forensic science and the attribution of 19th century stereoviews. John Bradley and Ian J Turner, Sterepscopic World, Vol 35 (8) 2010.

A Comparison of the identifying features in Signatures and Digitally Scanned Signatures Nazia Mehrban and Ian J. Turner. American Journal of Questioned Document Examiners – Volume 11, No. 1. June 2008

Investigation of class characteristics in the Gurmukhi handwriting of 1st and 2nd Generation Punjabi’s. Ian J. Turner, Rajvinder K. Sidhu and Julian M. Love, Science and Justice – 48, 2008 Pages 126-132



Lecture Theatre Pantomime:  A creative delivery approach for teaching undergraduate transcription and translation. Ian J. Turner, Innovative Practice in Higher Education Vol.2 (1) April 2014 pages 1-13

Lonely Heart Columns: A Novel and Entertaining Way of Teaching Students Abstract Writing Skills. Ian J. Turner and Ellen Beaumont, Innovative Practice in Higher Education Vol.1 (3) April 2013 pages 1-11

Engaging Biological Sciences Students in the Development of Employability Skills through Creative Teaching and Peer Reviewed Action Plans. Ian J. Turner and Liz Day, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, Issue 4, March 2012

Study Promoting Undergraduate Student Conference Attendance Has Benefits for All!
Ian J Turner , Student Research Projects: a Case Study For the HEA Bioscience Subject Group, 2009

Who wants to be a biologist? An excellent quiz tool for students’ Ian J Turner HEA Bioscience Education E-journal, 11-c1, April 2008


Molecular Biology

Quantifying the dimensions of nanoscale organic surface layers in natural waters
C.T. Gibson, Ian J. Turner, Clive J. Roberts and J.R.Lead, Environmental Science Technology, 41 (4), 1339 -1344, 2007

The Bacillus subtilus DnaD and DnaB proteins exhibit different DNA remodelling activities.  Wenke Zhang, Maria Carneiro, Ian J. Turner, Stephanie Allen, Clive J. Roberts and Panos Soultanas. Journal of Molecular Biology, Volume 351, Issue 1, 5 August 2005, Pages 66-75

The Bacillus subtilis DnaD protein: a putative link between DNA remodelling and initiation of DNA replicationIan J. Turner, David J. Scott, Stephanie Allen, Clive J. Roberts, Panos Soultanas. FEBS Letters, Volume 577, Issue 3, 19 November 2004, Pages 460-464

DnaG interacts with a linker region that joins the N- and C-domains of DnaB and induces the formation of 3-fold symmetric rings. Jenny Thirlway, Ian J. Turner, Christopher T. Gibson, Laurence Gardiner, Kevin Brady, Stephanie Allen, Clive J. Roberts and Panos Soultanas.   Nucleic Acid Research, 2004, Vol. 32, No.10 2977-2986

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