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Rachel Turnbull

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Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Sciences

I am a Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Sciences: Life Sciences and a Health and Care Professions Council registered Biomedical Scientist with over 16 years of experience working in laboratory diagnostics for the NHS.

My most recent role was with South Tees NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust as a Lead BMS in Microbiology where I continue my professional practise to date.

My experience and knowledge lie within the field of virology, in particular serology and molecular diagnostics.

Teaching and supervision

I teach and supervise in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences:


My research experience lies within molecular diagnostics for detection of viral respiratory pathogens.

My areas of expertise lie within the NHS setting in particular laboratory management.

My laboratory skills are within the areas of Viral Serology and Molecular Diagnostics.  

I have an interest in Infectious Diseases, Infection Prevention Control and Point-of-Care testing.

  • Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science
  • Registrant of the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Member of the Regional Pathology Training and Education group
  • Member of the University of Sunderland Biomedical Science/Healthcare Sciences: Life Sciences) Employer Liaison group

Last updated 09 May 2024