Türeci says that his father was a very sensitive physician, and that this affected him a lot. He even thought of becoming a nun first, and then chose medicine, just like his father, to help people. Türeci was working at Mainz University Medical Center when she married Uğur Şahin in 2002. It is said that Şahin worked in the laboratory even hours before the marriage ceremony. Then, they went to the marriage office with Türeci.