Joseph Turner, Ph.D.

Director of Instrumentation,
Service Professor
(804) 828-5377
Grace E Harris Hall South 3015


Ph.D., University of Missouri
B.A., Westminster College

Professional experience 

Director of Instrumentation, VCU, 2008 – present
Service Associate Professor, VCU, 2014 – present
Service Assistant Professor, VCU, 2013 – 2014
Research Assistant Professor, VCU, 2008 – 2013
Adjunct Assistant Professor, VCU, 2007 – 2008
Resident Instruction Assistant Professor, University of Missouri, 2005 – 2007
Resident Instruction Instructor of Chemistry, University of Missouri, 2004 – 2005
Instructor of Chemistry, Westminster College, 2003

Graduate Research Associate, University of Missouri, 1999 – 2005
Teaching Assistant, University of Missouri, 1999 – 2004


Breckenridge/Lyon Outstanding Graduate Research Award (2005)
Stevens Summer Enhancement Fellow (1999)
Bauman Travel Award (1998)

Professional organizations 

American Chemical Society (ACS), 2002-present
American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS)
Optical Society of America (OSA)
International Mass Spectrometry Society
International Microcircuits and Packaging Society (IMAPS), 2001-05

Professional service

Goochland County Public School STEM Advisory Committee
CAC2014 Local organizing committee
CAC2014 Richmond, VA USA Bid Committee
SERMACS 2011 EXPO sub-committee

Selected publications

Elizabeth Keily, Arif M. Sikder, Joseph B McGee Turner, Jonathan Suh, Daniel Boehling, S. Leigh McCallister, Fossil Shell Color and Trace Element Concentration as Indicators of the Paleoenvironments of the Piney Point Formation at the Pamunkey River, Virginia Coastal Plain ”Online Journal of Earth Science, 01/2014

Backus, R. C., Cave, N. J., Ganjam, V. K., Turner, J. B M. and Biourge, V. C. , Age and body weight effects on glucose and insulin tolerance in colony cats maintained since weaning on high dietary carbohydrate. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 2010.

Schooley, Elizabeth K.; Turner, Joseph B McGee; Jili, Renee D.; Spinka, Christine M.; Reinero, Carol R. Effects of cyproheptadine and cetirizine on eosinophilic airway inflammation in cats with experimentally induced asthma. American Journal of Veterinary Research (2007), 68(11), 1265-1271.

Kauffman, John F.; Turner, Joseph M.; Alabugin, Igor V.; Breiner, Boris; Kovalenko, Serguei V.; Badaeva, Ekaterina A.; Masunov, Arteem; Tretiak, Sergei. Two-Photon Excitation of Substituted Enediynes. Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2006), 110(1), 241-251.

Turner, Joseph M.; Karl, Maurice W.; Kauffman, John F. Spectroscopic signatures of protonated perylene in concentrated sulfuric acid. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, A: Chemistry (2004), 163(3), 433-438.

Greever, Jesse S.; Turner, Joseph B M.; Kauffman, John F. Femtosecond Resonance-Enhanced Multiphoton Ionization of Perylene in Hexane. Electronic Excitation of the Radical Cation and Evidence of Hydrogen Abstraction from the Solvent. Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2003), 107(20), 4072-4080.

Greever, Jesse S.; Turner, Joseph B M.; Kauffman, John F. Multiphoton Excited Conductance Spectroscopy. 1. Application of the Born Model to Femtosecond Laser Excited Multiphoton Ionization of Nonpolar Liquids. Journal of Physical Chemistry A(2001), 105(38), 8635-8641.