She was born in Ankara, Turkey. She completed her primary and secondary education at TED Ankara Koleji and got her BS degree in Computer Engineering at Bilkent University.
In the summer of 2007, she moved to the US for graduate study at Purdue University and got her PhD degree in Computer Science in 2013. During her PhD she was extremely fortunate to be advised by Professor Bharat Bhargava. She worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue in the 2014-2015 academic year, and then as a Postdoctoral Research Associate until December 2016. Currently She is an Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, where she is affiliated with the S2RL and WINS research laboratories.