Dr. Jack Turman, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy and the Department of Cell & Neurobiology at USC. He is the founder and Director of the Center for Premature Infant Health and Development in the Keck School of Medicine. The Center is privately funded by a group of private, corporate and foundation donors all interested in promoting the health and development of preterm infants and their families. Dr. Turman is an internationally recognized developmental neurobiologist studying the development of brain circuitry responsible for the development of feeding behaviors, and the impact of genetic and environmental perturbations on the development of feeding behaviors and associated neural circuits. He is also the Co-Principal Investigator of a NIH-funded grant entitled, Krox-20 and Bone Mass. He is an active member of the Society for Neuroscience, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology and the Western Society for Pediatrics Research. Dr. Turman recently served as an American Academy of Pediatrics Board Instructor for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in 2006. Dr. Turman has won several Outstanding Teacher Awards including the 1998 Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Faculty Member from the American Physical Therapy Association.
Positions & HonorsAcademic Positions
|2007-present||Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California|
|2002-present||Associate Professor, Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy and Department of Cell and Neurobiology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California|
|2000-present||Faculty Member, Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of Southern California|
|1998-present||Faculty Member, Craniofacial Biology Graduate Program, School of Dentistry, University of Southern California|
|1995-2002||Assistant Professor, Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Southern California|
|1994-1995||Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine|
|1992-1995||Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine|
|1992-1995||Physical Therapy Training Coordinator, University Affiliated Program, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine|
Selected Honors & Awards
|2008||California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition for Community Based Outreach to Eliminate Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality|
|2006||American Academy of Pediatrics Board Instructor for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics|
|2004||Outstanding Teacher Award - Dept. of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Southern California|
|2004||Outstanding Alumnus Award - Washington University School of Medicine, Program in Physical Therapy|
|2002||Outstanding Teacher Award - 1st Year Curriculum: Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California|
|1998||American Physical Therapy Association: Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Faculty Member|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Postdoc||1991-1992||Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science|
|University of California, Los Angeles||Ph.D.||1992||Kinesiology (neuroscience concentration)|
|University of California, Los Angeles||M.S.||1989||Kinesiology|
|Washington University, St. Louis||B.S.||1984||Physical Therapy|
Current Research Support
2 RO1 AR047052-05A2, (PI: Frenkel), 7/1/06-6/30/10
Adverse Effects of Glucocorticoids in Bone
Role: Co P.I.
- Tai, WC, Burke, KA, Dominguez, JF, Gundamraj, L, Turman, Jr., JE (in press) Growth Deficits in a Postnatal Day 3 Rat Model of Hypoxic Ischemic Brain Injury. Behav Brain Res
- Turman, Jr., JE (2007) The development of mastication in rodents: from neurons to behaviors. Arch Oral Biol 52(4): 313-316.
- Ishihama, K, Turman, Jr., JE (2006) NR3 protein expression in trigeminal neurons during postnatal development. Brain Res. 1095:12-16.
- De S, Turman, Jr., J.E. (2005) Krox-20 Expression: Influencing Hindbrain-Craniofacial Developmental Interactions. Arch Histol Cytol. 68(4): 227-234.
- Ishihama, K, Kogo M, Wakisaka S, Turman, Jr., J.E. (2005) Prenatal development of NMDA receptor composition and function in trigeminal neurons. Arch Histol Cytol. 68(4): 321-335.
- De, S, Nguyen AQ, Shuler, CF, Turman, Jr., JE (2005) Mesencephalic Trigeminal Nucleus Development is Dependent on KROX-20 Expression. Dev Neurosci. 27(1): 49-58.
- Honma, S., De, S., Li, D., Shuler, C.F., Turman, Jr., J.E. (2004) Developmental regulation of connexins 26, 32, 36, and 43 in trigeminal neurons. Synapse 52:258-271.
- Tanaka, S, Wu, N., Hsaio-C-F., Turman, Jr., J., Chandler, S.H. (2003) Development of inward rectification and control of membrane excitability in mesencephalic V neurons. J. Neurophysiol. 89:1288-1298.
- De, S., Shuler, C.F., Turman, Jr., J.E. (2003) The ontogeny of Krox-20 expression in brainstem and cerebellar neurons. J. Chem. Neuroanat. 25:213-226.
- Turman, Jr., J.E., Lee, O.K., Chandler, S.H. (2002) Differential NR2A and NR2B expression between trigeminal neurons during early postnatal development. Synapse 44:76-85.