Helen Turner

Helen Turner

  • Dean Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Chaminade University

Contact Info:

  • hturner@chaminade.edu

Dr. Turner is co-principal investigator on ʻIke Wai: Securing Hawaiʻi’s Water Future. Dr. Turner will act as the liaison between ʻIke Wai and the Hawai‘i Statewide Science and Technology Committee, which Dr. Turner vice-chairs. As a member of the Leadership Team, Dr. Turner will also focus on ensuring that the education and diversity/equity goals of the project are met, and on ensuring the development of a robust and sustainable grant portfolio, so that this project can be used by researchers to leverage sustained efforts in the long term. She feels that it is important to promote Hawaiʻi’s strength in fundamental discovery research, and to promote the STEM education model that critically feeds the information and technology development pipeline.


Dr. Turner received her undergraduate degree from the University of York in biochemistry and completed her Ph.D in immunology at the University of London Imperial Cancer Research Fund. She did her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School as the Wellcome Trust International Prize fellow. Previously, she was the associate director for research at the Queen’s Center for Biomedical Research. Dr. Turner currently has non-compensated affiliations with the University of Hawaiʻi School of Medicine and non-compensated graduate faculty appointments in several University of Hawaiʻi programs. Dr. Turner is an acknowledged leader in Hawaiʻi’s science and education development, and is the architect of a number of critical statewide and national partnerships that benefit Chaminade’s mission.