Lab News

-May 17th 2020

Eroglu lab is reopened for research with reduced density and strict social distancing and PPE guidelines. You can read the article below and watch the embedded video that describes our efforts to minimize risk to all lab personnel.

Research Labs Reopen Under A New Normal

-May 6th 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Caley Burrus Lane!!! Caley defended her Ph.D. today via Zoom and passed her exam with flying colors. It has been a wonderful journey to have her in the lab for the last 5 years! Caley is medical school-bound! Best of luck Caley!!!

-April 14th 2020

Congratulations to graduate student Maria Pia Rodriguez Salazar for being one of the recipients of Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Richly deserved!

You can read about Pia here. Pia was also featured in a full-page ad in The New York Times.

-March 17th 2020

Duke labs shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now working from home and meeting via Zoom to make progress in our research.

We hope you and your loved ones are all healthy and safe. TAKE CARE!

-March 2020

Congratulations to our research techs Samuel Strader (left) and Justin Savage (right) for their admission and enrolment in Duke Cell and Molecular Biology and Duke Neurobiology Graduate Programs, respectively! Best of luck in your future studies.

-February 2020

New Publication:

An important resource on commonly used Cre lines to study cell-type-specific gene function in the nervous system published in Neuron. Special thanks to Ann-Marie Craig and colleagues for this comprehensive collection, including several popular glial Cre drivers.

Optimizing Nervous System-Specific Gene Targeting with Cre Driver Lines: Prevalence of Germline Recombination and Influencing Factors

-January 2020

New Publication:

Delighted to share with you our latest paper in @CellReports describing our research led by @DukeNeuro graduate student @caley_burrus on the functions of wildtype Huntingtin protein in nervous system development and homeostasis.

Striatal Projection Neurons Require Huntingtin for Synaptic Connectivity and Survival

Featured by @BPoD_mrc

Duke Press Release by Karl Bates.

-December 12th 2019

Finishing the year on a high note with this fresh preprint. Heroic work by Dr. Sehwon Koh

-HAPPY Halloween 2019 or should we say “Caglaween”

We all dressed up as Cagla to celebrate “Caglaween”. Our door design won the best door decoration award!Face with tears of joy

-September 20th 2020

We had very important visitors today and it was a lot of fun to show them the “Behind the scenes” in our lab. Which also meant that we all dressed up nicely. Great opportunity for lab pictures. Turns out several of us chose the gray-black combo.

Face with tears of joy

-June 6th, 2019

Congratulations to Kristina (Sakers) Hays who just received the NOA for her NINDS F32 to study the molecular mechanisms underlying astrocyte-neuron interactions! Very richly deserved.

-May 23rd, 2019

Congratulations to Juan Ramirez who passed his prelim examination with flying colors today!!!

-May 12th, 2019

Congratulations to William Chen for graduating from the Duke University Neuroscience Program. William also received the Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award for his studies in Eroglu Lab. Well deserved William!!! We all wish you continued success in medical school.


New Publication:

Sakers K and Eroglu C (2019). Control of neural development and function by glial neuroligins. Current opinion in neurobiology. Apr 13; 59:163-170. Click here for PDF.

-April 10th, 2019

Congratulations to William Chen for successfully defending his graduation with distinction thesis. William has been doing independent research in the Eroglu lab since 2017 under the mentorship of Dr. Sehwon Koh and he has co-authored a paper with Sehwon last year. One of the images William took also made it to the cover of J. Neuroscience. William is heading to St. Louis Medical School. Congratulations William and Best of Luck!!!

-February 21st, 2019

Congratulations to Christabel Tan who passed her prelim examination with flying colors today!!!

-December 2018

Happy Holidays From Eroglu Lab!

New Publication:

Baldwin KT and Eroglu C* (2018). Astrocytes “Chordinate” Synapse Maturation and Plasticity. Dec 5;100(5):1010-1012.

-November 2018

We bid farewell to Fumi Tsurata who visited our lab for six months. Fumi is a Professor at Tsukuba University.

-September 2018

Congratulations! Caley Burrus receives NIH/NINDS, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award; Individual Predoctoral Fellowship for her graduate studies in the Eroglu Lab.

-August 2018

New Publication: Thrombospondin receptor α2δ-1 promotes synaptogenesis and spinogenesis via postsynaptic Rac1.

This paper was featured by Duke Regeneration Next Initiative Blog.

This paper will also be featured in the upcoming Society for Neuroscience Issue of JCB.

-June 2018

Congratulations to Dolores Irala, Ph.D., who is selected as one of the 2018 Pew Latin American Scholars.

The Pew Latin American Fellows Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides support for young scientists from Latin America to receive postdoctoral training in the United States. The program gives these individuals an opportunity to further their scientific knowledge by promoting exchange and collaboration between investigators in the United States and Latin America resulting in advances in research in Latin America.

-May 30th 2018

Congratulations to Olu Lawal who passed his prelim examination with flying colors today!!!


Congratulations to Alan Kong for his Graduation with Distinction from Duke University. Alan has conducted his undergraduate research in the Eroglu laboratory since his freshman year (2014) and he completed his graduation with distinction thesis in the lab this semester.

Alan is starting Medical School in UCSF in the Fall. Good Luck Alan!!! We will miss you.


– May 1st 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Francesco Severino, who received a Regeneration Next Initiative Postdoctoral Fellowship for his studies in the Eroglu and Yin Labs.

Francesco conducted his PhD studies in Neurobiological Sciences at ISAS, Trieste, Italy, under the mentorship of Prof. Vincent Torre. Francesco is fascinated by the mechanisms that nature uses to develop and shape the central nervous system. He wants to investigate the cross-talk between neurons and glial cells that underlies proper brain function. He is also interested in developing and applying advanced imaging and physiological technologies to investigate and repair the nervous system. Francesco will be jointly mentored during his RNI Fellowship by Drs. Cagla Eroglu (Cell biology) and Henry Yin (Neurobiology) to study how manipulation of astrocytic function could help recover motor functionality under disease conditions.

– March 21st 2018

On the cover: Subretinal Human Umbilical Tissue-Derived Cell Transplantation Preserves Retinal Synaptic Connectivity and Attenuates Müller Glial Reactivity.

This paper was also featured by a press release in DUKE-Today and a Regeneration NEXT highlight by Dr. Sharlini Sankaran!

– March 1st 2018

We bid farewell to Drs. Chris Risher and Mary-Louise Risher. Chris and Louise are starting their own labs at Marshall University, School of Medicine. We wish you all the best and we will miss you!

-February 23rd 2018

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for The DIBS Neuroimmunology and Glia Group Spring Retreat “The GLIACAMP”

This will be an all-day event. Registration is free and open to all. It is also quick and easy. Use the link below it will take you under 30 seconds. 

Neuroimmunology and Glia Group Retreat Registration

We strongly encourage all trainees to present a poster or give a short talk. To be considered for presenting a short talk please submit an abstract. 

The deadline for abstract submission to be considered for a talk is March 23rd, 2018. The short talks will be selected by the committee from the submitted abstracts. This year we will again have winner and runner-up prizes for best student poster, best postdoc poster, and best trainee talk!

Please email your abstract as a Word document file to Francesco Paolo Ulloa Severino at

Retreat Info: 

APRIL 18, 2018

Rigmor House (

This will be a full day of talks, socializing, networking, and an evening reception. This year the students and postdocs will again have the opportunity to present posters or talks.  Plus, we are very excited to announce our keynote speakers for the event: 

Dr. Beth Stevens

Associate Professor of Neurology

Boston Children’s Hospital 

Dr. Miriam Merad

Professor Oncological Science and Medicine 

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


-February 5th 2018

New Publication: Subretinal Human Umbilical Tissue-Derived Cell Transplantation Preserves Retinal Synaptic Connectivity and Attenuates Müller Glial Reactivity.

-February 1st 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Dolores Irala, who received the 2018-2019 Foerster-Bernstein Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research in STEM for her studies in the Eroglu Lab.

-November 11-16 2017 Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Washington DC

We heard and saw great science, presented 6 posters and had one large lab feast @SfN 2017 this year. It was fun to catch up with past present and future members of the Eroglu Lab.


-November 9th 2017

New publication! Astrocytic Neuroligins Control Astrocyte Morphogenesis and synaptogenesis.

This paper was featured on the cover

You can find the press release here.

This paper was the Top Story of the Week @ Neural Cell News.


-November 7th 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Stogsdill!!! Jeff successfully defended his thesis today. He is soon heading to Harvard University for his postdoctoral research.

-November 1st 2017

New publication! Cell biology of astrocyte-synapse interactions.

-October 2017

Congratulations to Ji-Eun Choi, who successfully defended her graduation with distinction thesis. Ji-Eun has been conducting her undergraduate independent research in the Eroglu lab since 2015 under the mentorship of Dr. Chris Risher.

-September 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Sehwon Koh, who received NIH/NEI, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award; Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship for his studies in the Eroglu Lab.

-August 2017

Congratulations to Christabel Tan!!! Christabel defended her Master’s Thesis in Copenhagen University and received her M.Sc. degree. Christabel will continue her graduate studies at Duke in the Program for Cell and Molecular Biology.

-June 3rd 2017 

New Publication! Molecular mechanisms of astrocyte-induced synaptogenesis.

May 2017: Congratulations to Eroglu Lab alumni Karol Molina-Serafin on her graduation from NCCU and her acceptance to medical school at Boston University!!!

Karol worked for three summers in the Eroglu Lab, first as a high school student (2012) then as a college freshman and sophomore (2013-2014). She is also a coauthor on on our 2014 paper: Huntingtin is required for normal excitatory synapse development in cortical and striatal circuits. We wish you best of luck in Boston Karol!

-May 23rd 2017

Congratulations to Caley Burrus!!! Caley passed her prelim exam with flying colors today, and also received the 2017 Ruth K. Broad Biomedical Research Foundation Predoctoral Research Fellowship.

-May 1st 2017

Congratulations! Dr. Katherine (Katie) Baldwin receives NIH/NINDS, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award; Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship for her studies in the Eroglu Lab.

– April 17th 2017

Good News! Our lab receives 2017 Duke University Chancellor’s Discovery Award.

-April 3rd 2017

Fourth Annual DIBS Neuroimmunology and Glia Research Group Spring Symposium and Retreat is here!!!

Thanks to the Retreat Organizing Committee and Eroglu Lab Members!

-March 25th 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to Juan Ramirez and Christabel Tan for their graduate school admissions and matriculations!!! 

Juan Ramirez, who is currently a research tech in Eroglu lab, is joining Duke Neurobiology PhD Program!

Christabel Tan, who is a Master of Science Exchange Student in Eroglu Lab, is joining Duke University Program in Cell and Molecular Biology!

-February 13th 2017

New Publication! Abnormal degradation of the neuronal stress-protective transcription factor HSF1 in Huntington’s disease.

You can read about it here.

-Register: DIBS Neuroimmunology and Glia Research Group 2017 Annual Retreat

APRIL 3, 2017

Rigmor House ( 8:30am-6pm

This will be a full day of talks, socializing, networking, and an evening reception. This year the students and postdocs will again have the opportunity to present posters or talks.  Plus, we are very excited to announce our keynote speakers for the event:

Dr. Greg Lemke

Françoise Gilot-Salk Chair 

Salk Institute

Dr. Michael Sofroniew

Professor, Department of Neurobiology

University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine

If you are interested contact Dr. Cagla Eroglu for registration. Registration is free and open to all.

 -October 26th 2016

Congratulations to Caley Burrus who has been selected for the Karen L Wrenn Alzheimer’s Disease Travel Prize for Graduate Students.


-October 24th 2016

New Publication! The interplay between neurons and glia in synapse development and plasticity.

– August 23, 2016 

Congratulations to Dr. Sehwon Koh, who is selected to be in the inaugural class of the Regeneration Next Fellows.


“As the inaugural cohort, this group of scholars will play a key role in shaping and growing the regeneration science community at Duke.” Dr. Ken Poss, RNI Director.

– August 2016 

We say goodbye and good luck to Dr. Sandeep Singh, who is leaving us to start his own lab in Hyderabad Indian Institute of Technology.

You can read about Dr Singh’s lab here.


– July 2016 

Congratulations to Dr. Katherine (Katie) Baldwin who is chosen as one of the 2015 Hartwell Fellows. Hartwell foundation support scientists in the early stages of biomedical research careers by enabling them to pursue further specialized training as part of their professional development.



Congratulations to Dr. Spencer McKinstry (Ph.D.), Sagar Patel (B.Sc., Neurobiology) and Juan Ramirez (B.Sc. Biology) on their graduation!

Spencer is now a postdoctoral fellow in Duke University Center for Human Disease Modeling.

Sagar, who completed his undergraduate thesis in Eroglu lab and graduated with distinction is starting medical school in UNC, Chapel Hill this fall.

Juan is staying in the Eroglu Lab for another year to do post-bac research.


Drs. McKinstry and Eroglu right after Spencer was hooded by Cagla!

– April 11th 2016

Third Annual Symposium and First Annual Retreat by Neuroimmunology and Glia Research Group. Thanks to all the presenters and participants. It was a great day full of exciting glial biology and fun!!!

-April 8th 2016

Congrats to Juan Ramirez, who received the Duke University Cell Biology Department Undergraduate Research Fellowship to conduct studies in the Eroglu Lab this summer!!!picture_Juan

-April 7th 2016

Congrats to Dr. Katie Baldwin, who won the best poster award at the Triangle Society for Neuroscience Chapter Meeting. Katie received an award that will cover her travel to the annual meeting of SFN in fall 2016.


-March 10th 2016

Would you like to hear about our research? Check out this link.

-January 14th 2016

New Publication! Astrocytes Assemble Thalamocortical Synapses by Bridging NRX1alpha and NL1 via Hevin.


You can read more about it here.

This paper was the Top Story of the Week @ Neural Cell News and was highlighted in a Nature Reviews in Neuroscience article.

This paper was featured by The Translational Scientist.


-November 25th 2015

New Publication! Human Umbilical Tissue-Derived Cells Promote Synapse Formation and Neurite Outgrowth via Thrombospondin Family Proteins.

Click on the image to see how addition of hUTCs stimulates growth of synapses (little yellow dots).

This paper was the Top Story of the Week @ Neural Cell News and was featured by Boston Globe STAT LAB CHAT.

You can read more about it here: Press release or The Duke Chronicle article.

This paper was featured by MRC Biomedical picture of the day.

-November 23rd 2015

Congratulation to Dr Spencer McKinstry: The first Ph.D. graduate of the Eroglu Lab.


-May 10th 2015:

Congratulations: Tiffany Ejikeme graduated from Duke University Biology Department. Tiffany completed her thesis in Eroglu laboratory and graduated with Distinction.

Tiff -Graduation picture

-April 27th 2015: 

New publication! Adolescent Intermittent Alcohol Exposure: Persistence of Structural and Functional Hippocampal Abnormalities into Adulthood.

This paper is a collaboration between our lab and Dr. Mary-Louise Risher and Dr Scott Schwarzwelder.

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This paper is creating quite a buzz in the media.


WSJ article:

AND…here’s the link to the paper


-April 20th 2015: Homecoming – Eroglu Lab Alumni Anthony T. Lee (2010) is back for his 5-year reunion.

Anthony was an undergraduate independent research student in Eroglu lab (2009-2010). He is currently an MSTP student at UCSF doing very exciting neuroscience research.

Anthony Lee April 2015

– March 25th 2015

Second Annual Symposium by Neuroimmunology and Glia Research Group.

Glial Biology Across Taxonomy: Implications for Function and Dysfunction.

Check out our program here: NGGWorkshop2015

Click here to register.

This is a free event open to public!!!

– February 6th 2015

New publication! Astrocytes Control Synapse Formation, Function, and Elimination.astrocyte

You can read about it here. Many thanks to Jeff and Sehwon for the beautiful images.

-February 1st 2015

Congratulations! Jeff Stogsdill receives NIH/NINDS, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award; Individual Predoctoral Fellowship for his graduate studies.

– January 20th 2015

Good News! Our lab receives 2015 Duke University Chancellor’s Discovery Award.

 – December 17th 2014

New Publication! Astrocytes refine cortical connectivity at dendritic spines.

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You can read about it here. En Espanol.


– November 18th 2014


Past and present members of Eroglu lab meet at SFN. (left to right) Yonca (2013), Arin (2013), Sandeep, Spencer, Hayley, Chris, Sehwon, Cagla and Hakan (2010).


– July 9th 2014

New Publication! Huntingtin is required for normal excitatory synapse development in cortical and striatal circuits.


You can read about it here.

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