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Paula B Turpen

Research Resources Director (retired), University of Nebraska Medical Center, US

Paula Turpen earned a BS in Biology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY where she developed an interest in developmental biology. At the Pennsylvania State University she focused her doctoral work on the development of the vertebrate immune system. Subsequently she joined the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska where, for the first 20 years, she taught embryology to medical students, conducted federally-funded research in developmental immunology, and invented quality control products for clinical flow cytometry tests.

For the last 15 years Paula served as the inaugural Director of Research Resources for the UNMC. In this role, she managed and developed institutional research core facilities, monitored the use of research space, communicated research funding opportunities, administered internal funding programs, and supported the growth and development of new research initiatives. This was a time of rapid growth for UNMC; total research awards doubled from $68M in 2004 to $136M in 2018.

Turpen was responsible for all aspects of core facility management including promotion and development, evaluation of core facility productivity and customer satisfaction, acquisition of new technology, distribution of institutional support and cost accounting issues. As part of an initiative to centralize oversight of research core facilities, she worked with UNMC Information Technology experts to develop an automated scheduling and billing system that allows core facility activity to be monitored in real time. This system provides detailed information about the use of UNMC Core Facilities by the research community.

As a long-time member of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF), Paula has had the opportunity to serve on the ABRF Executive Board and is co-founder of the ABRF Core Administrators’ Network.

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