Alper Kiraz received the B.S. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Bilkent University, Turkey, in 1998, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, in 2000 and 2002, respectively. Between 2002 and 2004, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Physical Chemistry in the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany. He joined Koç University in 2004 and became a full professor in 2014. Between 2014 and 2015 he was a visiting professor at the Biomedical Engineering Department of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His current research interests include optofluidics, single molecule spectroscopy/microscopy, optical manipulation, and biomedical instrumentation. His research team pursues projects targeting the development of novel optofluidic lab-on-a-chip devices, molecular and gas sensors, optofluidic-based renewable energy solutions, and confocal microscope device concepts.