Ahmet Koç is working as a Professor at the Department of Genetics at Inonu University Medical School, Malatya. He received his Ph.D. in the field of Molecular Genetics from Oregon State University, USA. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. Vadim Gladyshev’s lab (Univ. of Nebraska at Lincoln) and conducted research on Selenium containing proteins. He then moved to Izmir Institute of Technology (2003) as an Assistant Professor and worked at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics for 13 years before he moved to Malatya. He receieved Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Turkish Acedemy of Sciences (2007). He is currently on the advisory board of TUBİTAK’s International Projects Research Group. He is a gene hunter, his field of research involves identification and characterisation of genes that play roles in different biochemical pathways or pathologies. He performed several genome-wide genetic screenings to find biological effects of boric acid, the biological form of boron. His research identified a boric acid transporter protein and many other genes/proteins that modulate boron toxicity and stress signaling in the cells.