2018 Speakers

Heth Turnquist

Heth Turnquist

Heth R. Turnquist is from a ranch 7 miles south of Winner, SD. After completing bachelor degrees in Biology and Psychology at South Dakota State University and a doctorate in Pathology and Microbiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, he resettled in Pittsburgh, PA. Here, Dr. Turnquist leads a NIH-funded research program aiming to understand how signals released early after tissue injury shape subsequent immune responses. His research team is working to translate this knowledge into therapies that improve outcomes after transplantation and trauma by harnessing immune cells with natural protective and reparative functions. When not doing “science” at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he works on his old house, mountain bikes, and watches Pittsburgh Pirates baseball and Husker football. Typically, these are done with his twin girls, Lydia and Beata, wife, Rachael, and a corgi-mix named Prince.

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