Sensory Physiology Labs at Yale

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

Nature Communications

Our collaborative study with the Sobolevsky lab is out in Nature Communications!

Nadezhdin KD, Neuberger A, Nikolaev YA, Murphy LA, Gracheva EO, Bagriantsev SN, Sobolevsky AI. Extracellular cap domain is an essential component of the TRPV1 gating mechanism. Nature Communications 2021, 12(1):2154.

Yury’s talk at Neuro RIP

Yury gave a fantastic talk at the Neuro RIP seminar!

Maddy speaks at INP RIPS

Maddy nailed her INP RIP talk!!

Ke passes quals

Congratulations to Ke on passing her qualifying exams!

Viktor gives a Rising Star seminar at U-Chicago

Congratulations to Viktor on being selected to give a talk at The University of Chicago Rising Stars in Neuroscience Seminar Series!

Sarah gives an INP RIP talk

Sarah’s spectacular Research-In-Progress zoom talk at INP. Great job!

Luke passes qualifying exams

Luke passed his qualifying exams! Congratulations!

Science Advances

Our new study is out in Science Advances!

Nikolaev YA, Feketa VV, Anderson EO, Schneider ER, Gracheva EO, Bagriantsev SN. Lamellar cells in Pacinian and Meissner corpuscles are touch sensors. Science Advances 2020, 6(51):eabe6393.

Mai is an Astellas Foundation Fellow

Congratulations to Mai on receiving a postdoctoral fellowship from Astellas Foundation!

Rebecca joins the labs

Rebecca Greenberg (INP track) is now a PhD student in Elena’s and Slav’s labs!


Ke joins Slav’s lab

Ke Tan, a PhD student  from the Neuroscience track joins Slav’s lab.

Welcome Ke!

David joins Slav’s lab

Welcome to David, a new postdoc in Slav’s lab!

Mai joins Slav’s lab

Mai Oda is a new postdoc in Slav’s lab! Welcome Mai!

Luke joins Slav’s lab

Luke Ziolkowski, a new PhD student (Neuroscience track) joins Slav’s lab.

Welcome Luke!

Ann Rev Cell Dev Biol

Our review on hibernation is out in Ann Rev Cell Dev Biol!

Mohr SM, Bagriantsev SN, Gracheva EO. Cellular, Molecular, and Physiological Adaptations of Hibernation: The Solution to Environmental Challenges. Ann Rev Cell Dev Biol 2020, 36: e-pub Sept 08, 2020.

Congratulations, Sarah!

We’re 8 years old!

Our first preprint on BioRxiv

We posted our first preprint on BioRxiv on mechanosensitivty of Pacinian and Meissner Corpsucles!

Nikolaev YA, Feketa VV, Gracheva EO, Bagriantsev SN. Lamellar cells in Pacinian and Meissner corpuscles are touch sensors. BioRxiv 2020.2008.2024.265231.

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!


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!

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