Raymond J. Turner

Prof. Raymond J. Turner


Contact information


Office: BI138


Educational Background

B.Sc. Biochemistry, University of Calgary,

Doctor of Philosophy Biophysical Chemistry, University of Calgary,


Areas of Research

Interactions of microbes with metals

Research into Metallo-antimicrobials is a field aiming to address the antibiotic resistance era.  Research here explores various metal formulations from simple metal salts to metal complexes and nanomaterials.  My group investigates the mechanisms of tolerance and sensitivity as well as resistance to various metals to environmental and medically important microbes.

Biotechnology of biogenic nanomaterial

Here we use microbes for the eco-friendly synthesis of metal and metalloid-based nanomaterials.

Microbial biofilms

Here we are interested in mechanisms of resistance towards antimicrobials, particularly metals and nanomaterials.  We also develop novel biocides to control biofilms in biofouling and microbially influenced corrosion of steel, copper and bronze.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
BCEM555 Biomembranes winter
BCEM541/CHEM541/CHEM641 Biochemical Toxicology winter


Developing novel antimicrobials.

We are exploring synergies between antiseptics/antibiotics/natural compounds with metal ions.

Biogenic quantum dots

Using microorganisms to synthesize hetero atom Selenium and tellurium-based nanomaterials.


  • Senior Visiting Fellowship at Instituto di Studi Avanzati, Universita Degli Studi (Bologna). 2018
  • Professor in Residence (Microbial Biotechnologies) - University of Verona,, The University of Calgary. 2019
  • University of Calgary Teaching Award, - Graduate Supervision, The University of Calgary. 2019
  • Canadian Western University's Speaker Program (WUSP) Lectureship, Chemical Institute of Canada. 2019
  • Graduate Supervisor Excellence award, University of Calgary. 2015
  • Excellence in Research, University of Calgary, Faculty of Science. 2013
  • Junior Visiting Fellowship at Istituto di Studi Avanzati, Universita Degli Studi (Bologna). 2007