Mustafa completed his PhD in Bioengineering coadvised by Drs. Wayne Curtis and Manish Kumar. He received his BSc and MSc in Chemistry at Cukurova University in Turkey. His previous research areas were in kinetics of antioxidant enzymes and membrane bound guanylate cyclases in visual transduction. After working at Adiyaman University as research assistant in 2007, he won a scholarship from Turkish Republic, Ministry of National Education to attend Penn State and pursue a PhD degree in Protein Production Technologies. He works on projects related to develop Rhodobacter sphaeroides (R. sphaeroides) as an alternative bacterial platform for functional expression of medically relevant membrane proteins. He is characterizing a new membrane protein he discovered and developing a fluorescence spectroscopy-based technique for determining the exact number of proteins inserted per unit membrane area.