Dr. Özgür Şahin graduated from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Middle East Technical University in 2003. He then earned his Ph.D. degree in cancer systems biology/cell biology at German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the University of Heidelberg in 2008. He held positions as a group leader in the Division of Molecular Genome Analysis at DKFZ and as research faculty in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC). He is a recipient of the MDACC Specialized Program of Research Excellence from the USA, and the Wilhelm Sander Foundation Grant in Cancer Research from Germany. Since September 2013, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Bilkent University. His projects are supported by EMBO Installation Grant and Marie Curie Career Integration Grant. He is also a recipient of TUBA-GEBIP and BAGEP awards in 2014.