Jacqueline Turner

Hertz Fellow: Jacqueline Turner

University of Colorado, Denver

Area of Study

Biochemistry and Physiology

Fellowship Years

2019 - present

Jacqueline was born in Boulder, Colorado, and grew up in nearby Louisville. She is training to become a clinician scientist at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Jacqueline studied biochemistry and integrative physiology as an undergraduate at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her work in Prof. Russell Moore’s Cardiac Laboratory first sparked her research interest. She now aspires to translate laboratory research results directly into clinical practice for improved cancer patient care. Working with Profs. William Robinson and Kasey Couts at the International Melanoma Biorepository and Research Laboratory at the University of Colorado Denver, fueled her scientific curiosity and a love for clinically translational research. Her work on gene rearrangements in tumor cells has already helped introduce basic scientific research into the clinical setting, starting with the successful treatment of a stage IV melanoma patient. Jacqueline then identified novel therapies for three other stage IV melanoma patients. For her PhD she will work with Profs. Isabel Schlaepfer and Raul Torres to investigate the role of immunological and metabolic processes in cancer. Her goal is to develop methods that will impact the treatment and prevention of tumor formation.

Jacqueline enjoys skiing, rock climbing, backpacking, playing The Settlers of Catan, and salsa dancing.