Dr. Turner is the Team Science Education and Training Coordinator in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) within the School of Medicine, where she designs workshops and trainings to support boundary-spanning teams across the institution. Additionally, as the lead campus-side Navigator for the myRESEARCH Navigators team in the Office of Research Initiatives, she routinely conducts tailored research onboarding sessions to connect faculty, staff, and fellows engaged in research across Duke to the resources they need to thrive.
Dr. Turner received her PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) from Duke in 2019, where her research focused on the behavior of nanomaterials in complex environmental media. She remained in CEE as a postdoctoral researcher, research scientist, and Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT) until 2022, where she led a research thrust on the transport of nano-agri-chemicals in soils and coordinated activities for an EPA convergence grant in support of the International Network For Researching, Advancing, and Assessing Materials for Environmental Sustainability (INFRAMES).
Before coming to Duke in 2012, Dr. Turner worked as a risk and toxicology consultant, providing support to research and regulatory programs in both the public and private sectors. During this time, she created training packages still used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to train Program Managers, co-authored a constellation of technical papers on nanotechnology risk assessment, led structured facilitation workshops for research prioritization, and prepared evaluation and outcomes reports related to EPA’s strategic research plan for nanotechnology, among other projects.
Dr. Turner is an active member of the Education and Training Special Interest Group of the International Network for the Science of Team Science (INSciTS) and the Interdisciplinary Integration Research Careers Hub (INTEREACH) community of practice.