Dr. Işıl Var is a professor in the Food Engineering Department, Çukurova University, Turkey. She received a BSC from Hacettepe University, an MSc from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, and a Ph.D. in Public Health Laboratory, England. She completed postdoctoral studies in Molecular Biology at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom between 1993 and 1995. She has published more than 100 papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals and more than 50 international and 75 national presentations in the field of food microbiology, molecular biology, and mycotoxins. She has received several awards from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.