Sensory Physiology Labs at Yale

Collaborative projects between Slav Bagriantsev and Elena Gracheva Laboratories at Yale University

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Sensory Physiology Club – Zoom edition 2020

This year our Sensory Physiology Club went online. We taught physiology to a group of wonderful students from Greater New Haven school. An unforgettable week!

Watch the video! Starring uber-scientists from Slav and Elena Labs at Yale!

Sarah and Elena and putting together outreach kits to be sent to each student.A Zoom proprioception test – the first of its kind.Viktor’s lecture on the sense of touch.Going though key scientific concepts.Sarah’s lab tour: calcium imaging experiment!Marco explain the two-plate preference test for temperature sensitivitySarah’s lecture on the sense of smell.Jenny’s lecture on the sense of taste.A wonderful group of science hungry students – THANK YOU!Bonus: the Ice Bucket Challenge!

Viktor wins postdoc symposium award

Viktor gave a winning talk at Yale PostDoc Symposium! Second year in a row!. Congratulations!

Rafael joins Elena’s lab

Rafael, a new PhD student (Molecular Physiology track) joins Elena’s lab. Welcome!

Maddy defends thesis prospectus

Maddy successfully passes her thesis prospectus defense! Congratulations!Absent from the picture are committee members: Michael Caplan, Emile Boulpaep and Rui Chang.

Elena is a finalist of Blavatnik National Awards

Contratulations to Elena on becoming a finalist of 2020 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, the world’s largest unrestricted prize for early-career scientists!

Jenny is a Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholar

Congratulations to Jenny on becoming a 2020 Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholar!

Sarah defends thesis prospectus

Sarah has successfully defended her thesis prospectus – another milestone towards her PhD. Congrats Sarah!

eLife

Our new study is out in eLife!

Feketa VV, Nikolaev YA, Merriman DK, Bagriantsev SN, Gracheva EO. CNGA3 acts as a cold sensor in hypothalamic neurons. eLife 2020, 9:e55370.

Maddy passes qualifying exams

Maddy took her qualifying exams by Zoom today.

Tension is building…After reshuffling the images, some hope is on the way..And it worked: quals passed!Congratulations, Maddy!

Squirrels in Yale Scientific and Healthy Pets

Two news pieces covering our study on osmolyte balance during hibernation:

Yale Scientific by Miriam Kopyto

Healthy Pets by Dr. Karen Becker

UPD: also in Russian

Marco is a 2020 bake-off champion!

Marco is a winner of the 2019 Physiology bake-off championship!

Our earlier wins: Lydia 2017, Marco 2015.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

A lovely Christmas tree from YSM Historical Library.

Rafael’s first RIP talk

Rafael gave his first talk at a Physiology RIP seminar. Excellent job!

Yale Physiology Retreat 2019

Sarah’s giving a talk!Yury’s singing a song giving a talk too.Maddy is postering.Tom’s first poster!Viktor and Jean-JuRafaelPoster contest winners: Georgia (Caplan lab), Viktor and Tom. Congrats!Yale Physiology Department, v2019

Abstaining from Obtaining While Retaining

A great dispatch by Sandy Martin on our recent study:

Sandra L. Martin “Water Balance: Abstaining from Obtaining while RetainingCurrent Biology 29(19), PR925-7.

Squirrels in Science

A nice news coverage of our recent publication in Current Biology by Eva Frederick in Science:

Here’s how hibernating squirrels live for months without water

Jenny’s talk at Physiology RIP

An excellent talk by Jenny on her recent paper at Physiology RIP seminar!

Ed Young visits the labs

Ed Young, a prominent science journalist and author, visited the labs today. It was great chatting with you, Ed – thanks for your interest! We look forward to reading your new books and articles!

Current Biology Cover!

Our study on the mechanism of survival without water is on the cover of today’s Current Biology!

Video abstract

Smith Family Foundation Annual Meeting

Delegates from Elena’s team went to the annual meeting of the Smith Family Foundation. Thank you for supporting basic research!

Sarah, Jenny, Maddy, Elena.

Current Biology

Our new paper of how hibernating squirrels manage to not drink for months is out in Current Biology!

Feng NY, Junkins MS, Merriman DK, Bagriantsev SN, Gracheva EO. Osmolyte depletion and thirst suppression allow hibernators to survive for months without water. Curr Biol 2019, e-pub 09/05/19.

We’re 7 years old!

Wang and Evan leave the lab

Bittersweet news – Wang and (find) Evan are moving on, leaving behind them a huge legacy in the lab! Good luck!

Neuroday

Sarah and Jenny at the Neuroday posters!

PNAS

A new study from our lab on how cold affects mechanoreceptor function is out in PNAS!

Zheng W, Nikolaev TA, Gracheva EO, Bagriantsev SN. Piezo2 integrates mechanical and thermal cues in vertebrate mechanoreceptors.  PNAS 2019, 116(35): 17547-17555.

Art in the lab

Art can be inspiring, motivational and more. Maddy and Sarah draw their everyday inspiration and motivation in part from Squirrel Triptych – an original art by Oleg Grachov, now displayed in Elena’s lab.

 

Evan Anderson, PhD

Evan has successfully defended his PhD thesis!

Find Evan.Congratulations, Dr. Anderson!

Sensory Physiology Club 2019

We’ve had a wonderful week with New Haven school students!Yury tried some miracle fruit. Now he can’t have enough of them lemons!Sensory Physiology Club teaches you how to eat lemons and more!

Evan passes pre-defense

Evan had a pre-defense committee meeting today. Here is Evan before the seminar……and right after:No difference! This is progress. This is a PASS!

Elena receives a PECASE award

Elena receives a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Congratulations!UPD 7/25/19. Awards ceremony, Constitution Hall, D.C.:

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