Kürşad Turgay studied chemistry at the Technical University Berlin (TU Berlin) and obtained his Dr. rer. nat. at Philipps University Marburg in Germany, where he worked with Mohamed Marahiel on non-ribosomal peptide synthetases. For his postdoctoral research, Kürşad joined David Dubnau’s laboratory at the Public Health Research Institute (PHRI) 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 a Junior Professor and a Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Institute for Biology – Microbiology at the Freie University Berlin (FU Berlin). Since 2011, Kürşad has been a Professor of microbiology at Leibniz University in Hannover. In 2019, he joined the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens in Berlin as a Research Group Leader.