Cansu was a visiting scholar at the Program in Ethics and Health in 2010–2011. She received her Ph.D. (2012) in philosophy from the National University of Singapore with a thesis on the ethics of buying and selling organs from the living. Afterwards, she returned to Harvard as a visiting fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center.
She earned her B.A. (2005) and M.A. (2007) in philosophy from Boğaziçi University (Istanbul). She pursued part of her research at the Medical Ethics Department of Osaka University and at the World Health Organization, and taught Bioethics at Koç University’s (Istanbul) summer school. She is also the project coordinator for Low and Middle Income Countries at the Fogarty International Research Ethics Initiative in Turkey and Central Asia.
Alongside with philosophy, Cansu also pursued her interest in media completing a minor degree in Film Studies, writing for various publications, hosting a radio show, and working for a national newspaper and a TV channel.