He was graduated from Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty of Istanbul University (Turkey) in 1987, became a clinical biochemist in 1995 and then gained a PhD degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of Leeds (the UK) in 2000. His research interests are anticancer drug development, translation of cell death into clinics, cancer stem cells, tumor chemosensitivity assays on spheroids. Among his achievements is the prediction of the response to chemotherapy in cancer patients by translating basic knowledge of apoptosis into medical oncology. He is the president of association for molecular cancer research (MOKAD) in Turkey. He is also a council member of EACR (European Association for Cancer Research) as well as full member of PathoBiology and PAMM groups of EORTC. He was awarded as the most promising laboratory physician of the year with the WASPALM Medal at WASPALM congress held in South Korea in 2003. He has 32 awards about 170 publications in peer-reviewed international journals with around 5713 citations with H index of 42 (Google Scholar, June 2023). He was the founding head of Health Sciences Institute, Dean of Health Science Faculty, and the vice rector of Istinye University. He has been the head of Molecular Cancer Research Center of the same university and a full professor of medical biochemistry since 2017.