Dr. Charles H. Turner Biography

Charles was born November 29, 1961 in Roswell, NM. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1983 and PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in 1987. He joined the faculty on the IUPUI campus in 1991 after four years with the Osteoporosis Research Center at Creighton University.  He was a Chancellor’s Professor and Associate Director within the Department of Biomedical Engineering (Purdue) on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, and held a joint appointment within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (IU School of Medicine) where he was Director of Orthopaedic Research.

Charles was an internationally recognized scientist and engineer who made significant contributions to our understanding of mechanical adaptation of bone, mechanotransduction, and the skeletal effects of genetic modification in animal models, and who made fundamental discoveries in each of these areas.

In his career he authored more than 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts and gave more than 100 invited presentations across the world. During his distinguished career, he received many awards, including the highly coveted Fuller Albright Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.  He also was the recipient of Outstanding Young Investigator Awards from the Whitaker Foundation and the Health Future Foundation. He was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers in 2002, and was awarded the Abraham M. Max Distinguished Professor Award in 2006 from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology.

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