Aynur Kaya Çopur


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.

Previous CV:


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.

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.