I was born in Turkey. I went to the German High School in Istanbul, and I went on to pursue a bachelor of science degree in physics at the Bogazici (Bosphorus) University. I attended Harvard University for graduate school and completed my PhD degree under the supervision of Nima Arkani-Hamed in 2006. I worked as a postdoc at the Johns Hopkins University until 2009 and then at Rutgers University until 2011. After that I started working at my current position as an assistant professor in the Theory Group at the University of Texas at Austin.
My research is focused on extensions of the Standard Model of particle physics with an emphasis on experimental signatures. In particular, I work on model-building, collider physics and dark matter searches.