She received BSc degree in mathematics from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, and completed her PhD degree at the University of London in 1982.
She worked at the Mathematics Department, METU from 1980 until she joined Sabancı University in 1998 as a professor of mathematics. She was amongst the core faculty, having started to work at the university, a year prior to its admitting first students. She took active part in numerous committees, especially during the early stages (1998-2004).
During 1992-1998, she also worked at the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBİTAK), where her responsibilities, among others, included chairing selection panels and administration of science fellowships at graduate, postgraduate and senior levels. She initiated a number of international exchange programs as well as novel support schemes for researchers. She was the national administrator of several international science fellowships programs, and the European Science Exchange Program.
She carried out research at the Technical University, Darmstadt, and at the Institute of Experimental Mathematics, Essen, Germany for varying periods during 1986-2007. In 1991 she received Mustafa Parlar Foundation Research Incentive Award.
She is a member of the London Mathematical Society and Turkish Mathematical Society (Vice-President during 1998-2002).
Her research interests are in finite fields and their applications; in particular permutation polynomials, APN functions, plateaued functions, construction and analysis of pseudorandom sequences and uniform distribution mod 1 of sequences.