Burak Özbağcı received his Ph.D. degree in Mathematics in 1999, at the University of California at Irvine, under the supervision of Ronald J. Stern. He is currently a professor at Koç University, Istanbul. He held visiting positions at the Michigan State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley, and the University of California at Los Angeles.
Throughout his career, he was supported by the Outstanding Young Scientist Grant of the Turkish Academy of Sciences, research grants of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, National Science Foundation (USA) Focused Research Group Grant and the Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship of the European Research Council. He published in prominent journals, including Geometry and Topology, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, and Journal of the European Mathematical Society. He co-authored the book ``Surgery on contact 3-manifolds and Stein surfaces," with András I. Stipsicz.
His research focuses on symplectic and contact geometry and topology of smooth manifolds.