After completing his primary and secondary education in Antakya, he graduated from Gaziantep Science High School in 1993. He completed his undergraduate education in Gazi University Biology Teaching Department in 1997. He received his Ph.D. (2004) and Master's (2000) degrees in Curriculum & Instruction from Pennsylvania State University in Science Education. He received his Master's Degree in Educational Psychology (2001) from the same university. He worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia in 2007 and at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada in 2012. His research interests include inquiry science teaching, students' understanding of scientific research, the nature of science and biology, developing the understanding and skills necessary for 21st-century citizenship, and Biology Teacher Education. His current research focuses exploring students' thinking and understanding in biology, enhancing the classroom experience for students through active learning, evaluating the long-term impact of different orientations of teaching on students' biological concepts and professional development in STEM, and on developing assessment instruments.