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Boris Turk

Professor
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Jozef Stefan Institute
Slovenia

Biography

Boris Turk was born in 1964 in Ljubljana. After graduating from high school, in 1983 he enrolled in chemistry at FNT VTOZD Chemistry and Chemical Technology and graduated in October 1988. In June 1991, he completed his postgraduate studies at the same faculty in the field of biochemistry, and in June 1993 he received his doctorate in the field of chemical sciences. From January 1994 to June 1996, he was in post-doctoral training at the Biomedical Center in Uppsala, Sweden. In the course of this training, he received his doctorate in medical and physiological chemistry at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala in December 1996. he received several awards, including the 1997 Boehringer Ingelheim ProNatura Award for Young Researcher, 2001 Zois Award for Significant Scientific Achievements in the Field of Biochemistry of Lysosomal Proteins

Research Interest

studying the role of proteases in regulating the functioning of physiological processes in normal and pathological conditions, among which the areas of apoptosis, cancer and inflammatory diseases are particularly important. This also includes the development of tools that enable them to study these processes

Publications

  • Zavašnik‐Bergant T, Turk B. Cysteine cathepsins in the immune response. HLA. 2006 May 1;67(5):349-55.

  • Turk B. Targeting proteases: successes, failures and future prospects. Nature reviews. Drug discovery. 2006 Sep 1;5(9):785.

  • Stoka V, Turk V, Turk B. Lysosomal cysteine cathepsins: signaling pathways in apoptosis. Biological chemistry. 2007 Jun 1;388(6):555-60.

  • Stoka V, Turk V, Turk B. Lysosomal cysteine cathepsins: signaling pathways in apoptosis. Biological chemistry. 2007 Jun 1;388(6):555-60.

  • Turk B, Stoka V. Protease signalling in cell death: caspases versus cysteine cathepsins. FEBS letters. 2007 Jun 19;581(15):2761-7.

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