Russell Turner, Ph.D.

3709 Takoya Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042
phone: 410-203-0260    mailto:




Senior computer scientist with experience as a programmer, team manager, software development technical lead, researcher and teacher. Knowledgeable in the areas of bioinformatics visualization, object-oriented design,  interactive 2D and 3D graphics, 3D character animation and GUI toolkit design. Strong Java and C/C++ programming experience, with responsibility for full life-cycle design and development of several large Java-based commercial graphics products, including three-tiered applications for visualizing and annotating bioinformatics data. Ph.D. in computer animation, with academic research experience.


Subjects: Bioinformatics visualization, graphical user-interface programming, object-oriented software design, interactive 2D and 3D graphics, 3D character animation.
Languages: Java, C, C++, Unix, Pascal, Fortran, Objective-C, Perl, SQL, Eiffel, Basic, APL, Assembler.
Graphics APIs: VTK (Visualization Toolkit), JClass JChart 3D, Neomorphic, Swing/Java2D, JavaBeans, OpenInventor, OpenGL, Motif/X11, VRML, NextStep, SunView, DataViews.
Development Tools: Eclipse, Jbuilder5.0, TogetherJ, MagicDraw, Near and Far Designer, Rational Rose, Symantec Cafe, JDK, CVS, NextStep InterfaceBuilder, DataViews, Unix.


Senior Computer Scientist, Applied Biosystems, Rockville, Maryland. Currently developing visualization tools for research in comparative genomics and proteomics for the Informatics Research Group headed by Sorin Istrail, reporting to Granger Sutton. (2002-Present)

Senior Computer Scientist, Celera Genomics, Rockville, Maryland. Developed proteomics research visualization tools for the Informatics Research Group headed by Eugene Myers. (2001-2002)

Visualization Team Head, Celera Genomics, Rockville, Maryland, supervised eight Java software engineers developing and maintaining genome visualization and annotation tools for Celera’s human genome assembly project. (1999-2001)


Principal Computer Scientist, Global Infotek Incorporated, Vienna, Virginia. Designed and developed Java-based visualization and systems integration software for advanced DARPA research projects, including CPOF (Command Post Of the Future). (1999)

Vice President Research and Development Wigitek Corporation, Amherst, Massachusetts. Developing new graphics software development tools. (1997-1999)

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department, University of Maryland Baltimore County. Taught undergraduate and graduate courses in computer science, conducted research in computer animation and interactive 3D graphics, submitted grant proposals, administered grants and participated in departmental committees. (1994-1997)

Principal Software Engineer, Amerinex A. I., Amherst, Massachusetts. (1993-1994)

Computer Animation Consulting, Alias Research, Toronto, Canada. Research and development of computer animation products. (1993)

Computer Graphics Research Assistant, Computer Graphics Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, working for Daniel Thalmann. Conducted research in the fields of computer animation, physics-based modeling, object-oriented graphics and 3D interaction. Published articles, contributed book chapters and presented papers at international conferences and workshops. (1989 - 1993)

Graphics Software Engineer, DataViews Corporation, Amherst, Massachusetts. Member of R&D group developing versions 6.0 and 7.0 of DataViews interactive real-time data display graphics package and researching user interface management products. (1987 - 1989)


Ph.D. Computer Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne. Dissertation: Interactive Construction and Animation of Layered Elastic Characters. Daniel Thalmann, advisor. (1993)

Postgraduate Certificate, one-year graduate course in Scientific Visualization and Graphic Simulation, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne. (1990)

M.S. Computer Science, University of Massachusetts. Master's Project: A Ray-Traced Image Generator for the Edinburgh Designer System. Robin Popplestone, advisor. (1987)

B.S. Physics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Cum Laude, Dean's List, GPA 3.52, Hasbrouck Scholarship Award. (1984)

Other Interests

Foreign languages (French, German, Chinese), travel