Dr James Turner

James Turner is a Senior Group Leader at the Francis Crick institute, and before that was a junior group leader at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research. He studies the epigenetics, evolution and cell biology of the sex chromosomes in order to understand how they influence human disease. His lab discovered meiotic silencing, as well as Rsx, the Xist-like non-coding RNA that mediates X-chromosome inactivation in metatherian mammals. He demonstrated that the X chromosome plays a specialised function in spermatogenesis and that reprogramming corrects trisomy in Klinefelter and Down syndrome patient cells. He is a Wain Medal recipient and ERC Consolidator Awardee.