treatments for osteoporosis and the design of bone implants

Dr. Turner works on treatments for the bone disease osteoporosis and design of bone implants. Osteoporosis occurs when bone becomes porous due to aging or poor health. In addition, some medications like corticosteroids or immune suppressant drugs can cause osteoporosis. Numerous medications have been developed to fight osteoporosis and several of these were tested in Dr. Turner's laboratory. Dr. Turner's currently research focuses on molecular genetics using transgenic and congenic mice to identify new ways to make bone stronger.

  • Orthopaedic biomechanics
  • Cellular mechanics
  • Genetics
  • Bone biology
  • Mechanobiology
  • Orthopaedic implant design

Research Projects:

  • Skeletal Genetics: Our studies focus on how genes affect skeletal form and strength.
  • Osteoporosis/biomechanics :Osteoporosis is a disease resulting in fragile bones. We study why bones break and how they can be strengthened by exercise, nutrition or pharmaceuticals.
  • Mechanobiology :Mechanotransduction is the process by which cells sense and response to biomechanical stimuli. We research how mechanical loads signal bone cells to build stronger bones.
Musculoskeletal biomechanics
Solid mechanics
Bone physiology
Molecular genetics
Biomechanics, Molecular Genetics, Musculoskeletal System, Orthopedics, Physiological Controls and Systems, Solid Mechanics
Past Affiliations
Biomedical Engineering
PhD, Tulane University, New Orleans, Biomedical Engineering, 1987
BSME, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Mechanical Engineering, 1983
solid mechanics musculoskeletal system physiological controls and systems biomechanics biomedical materials orthopedics molecular genetics

Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2002

Fuller Albright Award, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, 2001

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Biomedical Engineering Society