Ti-Ara Turner

Graduate Student, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Immunology

Ti-Ara Turner
Department of Pathology
1080 Medical Laboratories
500 Newton Road
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1109

Lab: 319-335-8205


Judson College, Marion, AL
B.S. in Biology

I am from the historical Montgomery, AL, but spent my early years learning about and appreciating science in Alexander City and Selma, AL. My early interest in science grew and led me to major in biology, with minors in chemistry and piano performance. I attended a small all women’s college, known as Judson College. There, I was trained in molecular and cell biology and gained affinity for immunology, autoimmune diseases, and the link between autoimmunity and the gut microbiome. My aspirations are to become a professor to mentor students who do not have many educational resources, who are disabled, and who are minorities. My overall goal is to give back to Alabama via sharing the knowledge I gain, mentoring students, teaching, and organizing programs to help spread science throughout the state. Hopefully, this will influence change in Alabama’s primary, secondary, and professional education systems. 
In my free time I enjoy exploring my community, finding ways to help those who are in need, advocating for social justice, making music, exercising, and relaxing.