Dr. Işıl Var is a professor in food engineering at Çukurova University, Turkey. She received her BSc in 1981 at Hacettepe University, and MSc in 1987 and PhD in 1993 at Çukurova University. She had a postdoctoral visit to the University of Sussex in the UK between 1993 and 1995. She has published 70 papers in national and international peer-reviewed journals in the field of food microbiology, and filed a patent with Dr. Sinan Uzunlu on modified atmosphere packaging. She has graduated several MSc and PhD students. She is a member of numerous national and international societies. She received several awards from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in 2007.