Sümer Aras was educated at the Middle East Technical University, Biology Department, Ankara, Turkey, and obtained her BS degree in 1988. She finished her Master of Science studies at Cleveland State University and Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Molecular Biology, Ohio, USA, in 1994. She obtained her PhD degree in 1998 at Ankara University. Her area of interest is plant molecular biology and biotechnology. She has more than 140 publications in the field of molecular biology of which 70 are full text articles in respected journals. Currently, she works as a full professor at Ankara University in the Biology Department. She is also Chair of the Biotechnology Section.