Gizem Donmez understands the hard work, dedication, and determination necessary to completion of a PhD in molecular biology. Gizem Donmez began her formal education in 1996 in Turkey. She attended Middle East Technical University before attending university in Germany. She completed both her master’s and PhD in molecular biology from Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and Gottingen University. Gizem Donmez completed her master’s in 2002 and her PhD in 2007. From 2007 to 2011, Gizem Donmez completed her postdoctoral fellowship at MIT.