Kürşad Turgay studied Chemistry at the TU Berlin (Technical University Berlin) and received his Dr. rer. nat. from the Philipps University Marburg in Germany, where he worked with Mohamed Marahiel on non-ribosomal peptide synthetases. For his postdoctoral research, Kürşad went to David Dubnau’s laboratory at the PHRI (Public Health Research Institute) in New York City, where he worked on the control of competence development by regulated proteolysis in Bacillus subtilis. Next, he joined the laboratory of Bernd Bukau – first at the University of Freiburg and then at the ZMBH (Center for Molecular Biology of the University of Heidelberg) to continue his studies on proteolysis. Kürşad was Junior Professor and a Heisenberg Fellow of the DFG (German Research Foundation) at the Institute for Biology – Microbiology of the FU Berlin (Freie University Berlin). Since 2011, Kürşad is a Professor of Microbiology at the Leibniz University in Hannover. In 2019, he joined the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens in Berlin as a Research Group Leader.