Assoc. Prof Ulrike Salzner studied chemistry at the Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen Germany. She obtained a doctorate in natural sciences in 1993 under supervision of Prof. v. R. Schleyer, for theoretical investigation of structures and electron affinities of small molecules and anomeric effects in sugars. She moved then to DeKalb, Illinois to do post doctoral research on pericyclic reactions involving low-valent phosphorous compounds with Prof. S. M. Bachrach at Northern Illinois University. During a second post doctoral appointment at University and Memorial University of Newfound land, Canada with Profs. P. Pickup, R. Poirier, and J. Lagowski she began investigating conducting and organic polymers with density functional theory and started teaching general chemistry classes. In 1997 she joint the Chemistry Department of Bilkent University as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000. At Bilkent she teaches general chemistry, applied quantum chemistry courses and recently food chemistry. She continues theoretical research on conducting organic polymers. She has published over 40 articles in SCI journals, including three invited reviews and received over 1500 citations.
Teaching food chemistry she combines her interest in cooking with her scientific background in chemistry. Apart from cooking she loves to read, and do sports, especially playing tennis, hiking, biking and horse-back riding. She is married (to an excellent hobby cook) and has a grown up son who studies computer science.