Paula Turpen, Ph.D.
Paula Turpen, Ph.D., is a wealth of information about the inner workings of UNMC’s research enterprise. She monitors the use of research space, manages and develops institutional research core facilities, communicates research funding opportunities, administers internal research funding programs and evaluates the growth and development of research activity.
Dr. Turpen received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and a doctorate in biology from the Pennsylvania State University, State College.
She was a post doctoral fellow and faculty member at UNMC in the department of genetics, cell biology and anatomy from 1983-1991. During this time, Dr. Turpen taught embryology to medical students and conducted NIH- and NSF-funded research on the embryonic development of the vertebrate hematopoietic and immune systems using an amphibian model.
While a faculty member and director of the Laboratory of Cell Stabilization at UNMC in the department of obstetrics and gynecology from 1991-2004, Dr. Turpen studied preservation of cellular information, specifically protein antigens. She applied this technology to studies on cancer immunology and vaccine development. Using this technology with antigen stabilization, she developed several products for the clinical laboratory that are in commercial use today.
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