Researcher biography

Dr Mark Turner is an Associate Professor in Food Microbiology in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland (UQ). Since completing his PhD at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) under the supervision of Prof Phil Giffard, he has undertaken postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Prof John Helmann (Cornell University, USA, 1999-2000) and in the CRC for Diagnostic Technologies (QUT) (2000-01). He subsequently supported his own position through being awarded a Dairy Australia Fellowship (2001-03) and an NHMRC New Investigator Grant (2004-06). He accepted an ongoing teaching and research position at UQ in 2007 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011 and Associate Professor in 2015. He leads a research team in the area of food quality and safety with current grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage, ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub and ARC Industry Transformation Training Centre schemes) and Dairy Innovation Australia Ltd (DIAL). He has also attracted funding from Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) and Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation (GGDF). His current research focus is in lactic acid bacteria genetics, comparative genomics, cheese flavour, cheese cultures, antifungal biocontrol applications as well as dairy sporeforming bacteria molecular tracking and genomics. Mark or his group members have presented invited or selected seminars in the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Singapore and China in food quality and safety. He has supervised 13 PhD and MPhil students to completion and currently supervises 8 PhD students, 1 postdoctoral research fellow and 1 research assistant. He teaches into food microbiology, food safety and food biotechnology courses and coordinates the Master of Food Science and Technology coursework programs. He is a Fellow of the Australian Society for Microbiology (FASM) and a member of the editorial boards of mBio and Journal of Food Protection.