Dr. Berna Sariyar Akbulut was born in Istanbul in 1973. After completing her undergraduate study at Boğaziçi University Chemical Engineering Department in 1995, she continued her graduate studies in the same department. She has gained her master's degree in 1997 and her PhD degree in 2003. In 2003, she pursued her post-doc study at Humboldt University in Berlin with a TUBITAK grant. In the same year, Akbulut joined the Marmara University Faculty of Engineering as an Assistant Professor and received the title of associate professor in 2011 and professor in 2016.
A large number of graduate theses have been completed under her supervision on protein engineering, metabolic engineering and understanding of antimicrobial mechanisms.