She received her first degree in Chemistry, from Hunan University, China, in 1983 and began her career as a research chemist in Wuhan, China. She then moved to Sweden and obtained a PhD degree from Lund University in 1997 with Professor Gillis Johansson. Her main research area for her PhD was enzyme-based amperometric biosensors.
In March 2000, Dr Tang-Turner was awarded an EU Marie Curie Fellowship and moved to the National University of Ireland in Cork to work with Professor G.G. Guilbault. During a two-year stay there, Dr Tang-Turner mainly worked with immunosensors, screen-printed electrodes and the quartz crystal microbalance.
In March 2002, Dr Tang-Turner moved to Cranfield University in the UK as Scientific Assistant to Professor Anthony Turner and Editorial Assistant for the international journal, Biosensors and Bioelectronics. She was granted Academic Status at Cranfield University in 2003. On the recommendation of the Editorial Board, she was then promoted to Assistant Editor and finally to Managing Editor.
Under her stewardship, the number of submissions to the journal rose from 250 in 2002, to in excess of 3,500 in 2016, and the Impact Factor of the journal rose from 2.5 in 2002, to 7.780 in 2016. Biosensors & Bioelectronics is now ranked first for research journals in the ISI Electrochemistry section. In September 2010, Dr Alice Tang-Turner moved to Linköping University, Sweden and continues here as Managing Editor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics and runs the Editorial Office in the Linköping Biosensors and Bioelectronics Centre in IFM.