Dr. Ozturk received his M.D. from Marmara School of Medicine, Istanbul, in 1990. He proceeded with a Specialization in Physiology from Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul University, in 1994 and finally with a Ph.D. at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Drexel University, Philadelphia, in 1997. During 1997-2000, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Medical Imaging Lab, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, supervised by Dr. Elliot McVeigh. At JHU, his research focus switched to MRI. Since September 2000, he is working as a faculty member at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (BME), Bogazici University, Istanbul. He established Bogazici University Medical Imaging Laboratory (BUMIL), where on average 15-20 graduate-level BME students at any given time perform their research on a wide-gamut of medical imaging topics. Dr. Ozturk managed to hold a parallel visiting research scientist position at Cardiac Interventions Program, NHLBI, NIH, for five years (2002-2008). His research at NHLBI focused on real-time MRI, XMR fusion and MR-guided medical interventions.
Dr. Ozturk coordinated a university-wide effort to establish a multidisciplinary research center focused on life sciences and health technologies, funded by the Turkish Ministry of Development, starting in 2008. He became the founding director of this center until the end of 2013. Since 2011, Dr. Ozturk is also coordinating the Istanbul Cooperation Platform for Life Sciences and Technologies (Inovita), funded by Istanbul Development Agency. Main focus of Inovita is to create an environment to foster translational research and entrepreneurial activities in health technologies. Currently, Inovita is establishing a small model incubator/accelerator with a strong mentorship focus for early health tech startups at Bogazici University. It is also contributing to many other incubator efforts on life sciences and to other biotechnological infrastructure development projects regionally. Dr. Ozturk coordinates the establishment of reference labs and common production facilities at Teknopark Istanbul for a larger health technology industrial cluster. ISEK (Istanbul Health Industry Cluster, Istanbul Health Industry Cluster, formally established at the beginning of 2014 with over 100 active members.