Assoc. Prof. Ali Cekici was born in Istanbul in 1977. He graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry in 2000. He received his PhD degree from Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Periodontology in 2007. He continued working in the same department as researcher and member of the teaching staff. Between 2007-2008 he completed his military service at Istanbul GATA Dentistry Department. He was awarded with TUBITAK post-doctoral research grant and between 2010 and 2012 he completed his post-doctoral reasearch at The Forsyth Institute in Boston,USA. He became an Associate Professor in 2014 and continues to work at Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry Department of Periodontology. Ali has been a board member of the Turkish Society of Periodontology since 2014, where he now serves as treasurer of the Society.