Zeynep FIRTINA KARAGONLAR completed her bachelor degree in Biological Sciences and Bioengineering Department at Sabancı University. Then, she received her PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics at University of Delaware in the USA. After completing her PhD studies, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at University of Pennsylvania Medical School between 2010-2012 and at Dokuz Eylul Medical School between 2013-2015. Her research areas include tumor microenvironment and cancer stem cells on cancer promotion and drug resistance.