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Bioengineering Seminar

Cagla Eroglu, Ph.D. - Duke University School of Medicine

11:00AM - 12:00PM


Cagla Eroglu, Ph.D.

Vice Chair of Research 

Chancellor's Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology

Professor of Neurobiology

Duke University School of Medicine

HHMI Investigator

Cagla Eroglu, Ph.D., completed her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and Master of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics in her hometown, Ankara, Turkey. Then she moved to European Molecular Biology Laboratories in Heidelberg, Germanyfor her Ph.D. In her Ph.D., Eroglu investigated the structure function relationship of metabotropic glutamate receptors which are G-protein coupled receptors. She found that these receptors directly interact with sterols within the membrane and these lipid-protein interactions regulate the affinity of mGluRs for glutamate. For her postdoctoral studies, Eroglu moved across the globe and joined the lab of Ben Barres, Ph.D., at Stanford. There she studied how astrocyte-secreted Thrombospondins promote formation of excitatory synapses via interacting with the gabapentin receptor Cacna2d-1. In 2008, Eroglu started her lab in Duke University Cell Biology department. The Eroglu lab investigates how astrocytes, and other glial cells, control the formation, maturation and refinement of synaptic circuits. 

The Bioengineering Seminar Series is co-hosted by the Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience and the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, and they are open to all in the bio-community.