Özlem joined ESMT European School of Management and Technology in January 2010 as an assistant professor. She received her PhD in Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in France and also holds an MSc in Economic Theory and Econometrics with distinction from TSE. Before moving to Toulouse, Özlem obtained a BA in Economics and BSc in Mathematics from The Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey.
In 2009 Özlem was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at École Polytechnique, Department of Economics, in Paris, France.
Özlem's research interests are mainly theoretical and applied microeconomics and industrial organization. In particular, her research focuses on implications of long-term contracts in final product markets, contracts and pricing in platform markets, estimation of end user demands in the payment card industry, multiproduct firm pricing, and implications of buyer power in vertical relationships.
As a part-time visiting scholar, Özlem worked at the Research Department-Financial Stability Wing of Norges Bank (the central bank of Norway) from October 2009 to August 2011.
Özlem teaches two full-time MBA courses regularly: "Quantitative Methods" and “Competitive and Dynamic Pricing”. She also teaches a part of Industrial Organisation at the Berlin Doctoral Program in Economics and Management Science (BDPEMS).