Upon finishing her postdoc with her very detailed study of the role of the Hippo pathway on muscle development, Aynur joined the Science Support Centre (SSC) at the University of Freiburg, Germany.
09.2005 – 09.2009 Doctoral studies (Ph.D.), European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany (thesis submitted to Heidelberg University).
09.2001 – 06.2005 Undergraduate studies (B.Sc.) Molecular Biology and Genetics, High honor list, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
01.2010 – current Post-doctoral studies, laboratory of Dr. Frank Schnorrer, Max Planck Institute (MPI) of Biochemistry , Martinsried, Germany.
09.2005 – 11.2009 Doctoral studies, laboratory of Dr. Damian Brunner, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany.
06.2004 – 09.2004 Research project, laboratory of Dr. Tony Hyman, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany.
06.2003 – 09.2003 Research project, laboratory of Dr. Robert Cross, (former) Marie Curie Research Institute, Oxted, United Kingdom.
06.2002 – 08.2002 Research project, laboratory of Dr. Kamruddin Ahmed, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
HONORS AND AWARDS
2017 European Drosophila Research Conference Poster Runner up prize in the Post Doc category, London, UK.
2011 – 2013 EMBO Long-term Postdoctoral Fellowship (ALTF 329-2010).
2010 – 2011 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral fellowship.
2009 Travel award, “Building the Body Plan: How Cell Adhesion, Signaling, and Cytoskeletal Regulation Shape Morphogenesis” Meeting, Kyoto, Japan.
09.2001 – 06.2005 Full scholarship student, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey.
Kaya-Copur, A., Schnorrer, F., 2016.
A Guide to Genome-Wide In Vivo RNAi Applications in Drosophila,
in: Methods in Molecular Biology. Springer New York, New York, NY, pp. 117–143.
Weitkunat, M., Kaya-Copur, A., Grill, S.W., Schnorrer, F., 2014.
Tension and Force-Resistant Attachment Are Essential for Myofibrillogenesis in Drosophila Flight Muscle. Curr Biol 1–12.
*Solon, J., *Kaya-Copur, A., Colombelli, J., Brunner, D., 2009.
Pulsed Forces Timed by a Ratchet-like Mechanism Drive Directed Tissue Movement during Dorsal Closure. Cell 137, 1331–1342. *equal contribution.
Srayko, M., Kaya, A., Stamford, J., Hyman, A.A., 2005.
Identification and Characterization of Factors Required for Microtubule Growth and Nucleation in the Early C. elegans Embryo. Dev Cell 9, 223–236.