Assistant Professor

Ali Eroglu

Dept. of Biological Sciences – College of Science & Mathematics
Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine – Medical College of Georgia

Mailing Address:

Dept. of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine
1201 Goss LAne - GE2017
Augusta University
Augusta, GA 30912

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2010-2016 Ph.D. Neuroscience, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2006-2010 B.A. Biology and Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH


2017-2022    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Children’s National Hospital, Washington, DC

Research interests

Developmental brain injury, Myelin, Epigenetics


Current projects:

Brain damage induced by premature birth is the leading cause of neurodevelopmental disabilities. Research in my lab investigates the pathogenesis and repair of diffuse white matter injury – the most common neuropathological outcome of premature birth. Clinical studies demonstrate that environmental factors can benefit recovery from white matter injury, however specific mechanisms driving progression and recovery are not well understood. Our previous work found that recovery in an enriched environment ameliorates developmental brain injury and promotes functional recovery. The current focus in the lab is to identify how environmental stimuli direct cell and molecular changes in the brain. Using a mouse model of diffuse white matter injury or postmortem preterm infant brain samples, we are investigating the role of histone modifications in white matter injury. Our studies will inform the quest to develop improved therapeutic options for babies born preterm.

Selected Publications:

  • Abbah J*, Vacher CM*, Goldstein EZ*#, Li Z, Kundu S, Talbot B, Bhattacharya S, Hashimoto-Torii K, Wang L, Banerjee P, Scafidi J, Smith NA, Chew LJ, Gallo V#. Oxidative stress-induced damage to the developing hippocampus is mediated by GSK3beta. J Neurosci. 42 (24) 4812-4827, 2022. PMID: 35589394.
  • Goldstein EZ#, Pertsovskaya V, Forbes TA, Dupree JL, Gallo V#. Prolonged Environmental Enrichment Promotes Developmental Myelination. Front Cell Dev Biol, 9:665409; 2021. PMID: 33981706

  • Forbes TA*, Goldstein EZ*, Dupree JL, Jablonska B, Scafidi J, Adams KL, Imamura Y, Hashimoto-Torii K, Gallo V. Environmental enrichment ameliorates perinatal brain injury and promotes functional white matter recovery. Nat Commun, 11(1), 964; 2020. PMID: 32075970

  • Goldstein EZ, Church JS, Pukos N, Gottipati MK, Popovich PG, McTigue DM. Intraspinal TLR4 activation promotes iron storage but does not protect neurons or oligodendrocytes from progressive iron-mediated damage. Exp Neurol, 298(Pt A): 42-56; 2017. (Selected for cover art)

  • Goldstein EZ, Church JS, Hesp ZC, McTigue DM. Silver lining of inflammation: The beneficial effects of inflammation on myelination. Exp Neurol, 283(B): 550-559; 2016.

*Authors contributed equally. # Co-corresponding authors.