Nurgun Kose was born and raised in Turkey and earned her medical technologist degree at the Healthcare Training Institute in 1996. Nurgun worked at the Medical College of Georgia's Institute of Molecular Biology and Transgenic Core Facility from 1999-2001. She then joined the University of South Carolina's Hollings Cancer Center Department of Pathology and worked there as a Research Specialist/Lab manager until 2009. Nurgun joined Dean Ballard's Lab at Vanderbilt University in 2009 and worked there until joining Dr. Crowe's Lab at the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center in 2011. Nurgun helps in generating and subcloning human hybridoma.