Burak is an expert in post-translational modifications and host-pathogen interactions. He received his PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology with Loren Williams where he studied ribosomes and developed an interest in ribosome-targeting antibiotics. His Postdoc research at Technical University of Munich, Germany with Aymelt Itzen included studying host-pathogen interactions and a novel posttranslational modification, AMPylation, using a multidisciplinary approach that combined biochemistry, chemical biology, cell biology, structural biology, and molecular biology. During this time, he was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship. He continued to investigate AMPylation at University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany and later joined Kim Orth as a senior scientist to study its role in the unfolded protein response, a cellular stress response that occurs when the ER is overloaded with unfolded or misfolded proteins. In addition to his work on AMPylation, Burak is also interested in other post-translational modifications and identifying their targets.