Cagla Eroglu is an associate professor at Duke University, having started her laboratory there in 2008. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg and performed postdoctoral work at Stanford University in Ben Barre’s laboratory.
Eroglu’s laboratory investigates the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie synapse development, function and plasticity in the central nervous system, with a particular focus on the roles that glial cells, and astrocytes in particular, play in this process. Erogul’s approach involves anatomical- and imaging-based assays in pure primary neuron-astrocyte cultures and in genetically modified mice to understand the function of astrocyte-neuron communication in the normal mammalian brain. Additionally, her laboratory is interested in understanding how problems in astrocyte-neuron communication contribute to the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders.