Ece was born in Istanbul in 1988. She got her bachelor and masters degrees from Sabanci University in Materials Science and Engineering in 2011 and 2013 respectively. In August 2013, she moved to Boston to start her PhD. in Northeastern University. During her Ph.D., she worked on targeted delivery of nanoparticles. She got her Ph.D. in August 2017, and since then she has been working as a post-doctoral researcher in New England Biolabs.
Before Kesisen Yollar, Ece was the president of Northeastern Turkish Graduate Student Association for two years and social media coordinator for Graduate Women in Science and Engineering.