Professor Turner is an extragalactic astrophysicist. She received her A.B. and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard University and UC Berkeley. Before joining UCLA as professor, she worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and has been a Visiting Scientist at Caltech, Space Telescope, and the Joint ALMA Observatory. She has contributed to the development and commissioning of two millimeter and submillimeter telescopes. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.