Özge Balci completed her PhD in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at İstanbul Technical University in 2015 on the mechanochemical synthesis, sintering and characterization techniques of metal borides. During her PhD, she continued her studies on the development of novel composite materials by powder metallurgy techniques at IFW Dresden, Germany. Her postdoctoral research studies at Koç University between 2015-2018 included the synthesis and applications of advanced boron compounds. She has stayed long periods as a visiting scientist at Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany from 2017 through 2020. She has been affiliated as Research Assistant Professor since September 2019 in Koç University, College of Sciences and Boron and Advanced Materials Research and Application Center. She received the title of associate professor from Council of Higher Education of Turkey in August 2021. Her current research interests include functional boride nanoparticles, novel micro/nanocomposites, and magnetic and catalytic properties of boride compounds. She is author/co-author of 42 papers cited in Web of Science with about 580 citations to her work, and inventor of 4 patents.