Sensory Physiology Labs at Yale

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

Month: September 2014

Ellen Lumpkin seminar

Ellen has opened the 2014-15 seminar series in the department.

Lumpkin CMP FlyerWe invite best researchers!


Cellular & Molecular Physiology Retreat 2014

The Slav and Elena Labs organized this year’s departmental retreat at Yale West Campus.

T-shirt BACKJon and Eve rehearse Jon’s presentation2014-09-23_retreat_Jon EveKaren just can’t wait till it all starts!2014-09-23_retreat_KarenTalks. Mike Nitabach before and after his presentation.2014-09-23_retreat_Mike NitabachElena’s talk.2014-09-23_retreat_Elena talkEmile Boulpaep. Find Evan.2014-09-23_retreat_Emile BoulpaepMike Caplan’s parafilm origami master class.2014-09-23_retreat_Mike CaplanIt isn’t easy..2014-09-23_retreat_David ZenisekPoster session.2014-09-23_retreat_poster Eve

2014-09-23_retreat_poster JonJoe Santos-Sacchi definitely likes Eve’s poster.2014-09-23_retreat_poster Joe SantosKaren, Elena, Lydia.2014-09-23_retreat_Karen Elena LydiaOrganizers.2014-09-23_retreat_organizersThe Labs! (less Marco).2014-09-23_retreat_Labs


The first research publication from the Slav and Elena Labs at Yale is finally out:

Schneider ER., Mastrotto M, Laursen WJ, Schulz VP, Goodman JB, Funk OH, Gallagher PG, Gracheva EO, Bagriantsev SN. Neuronal mechanism for acute mechanosensitivity in tactile-foraging waterfowl. PNAS (2014) e-pub Sep. 22.

Congratulations to everyone involved!

Special thanks to Margaret Rubega, Kristof Zyskowski, Kenny Dahill, Tina Hotchkiss, Jeffrey Laursen and Charles Pederson for their invaluable input at different stages of this study.

Intellectual games in the Lab

Slav, Elena, Lydia and Evan volunteered to host science-hungry kids at the Yale Pathways to Science orientation session. We met wonderful people and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We also took a few pictures so that we now can play a very interesting intellectual game—find Evan.

The game is essentially a cryptic puzzle. It stimulates cognitive arousal,  potentiates watchfulness and wariness, and battles ignorance and neglect. The game can be played individually, or by two people against one another, or even by teams. Here it is.

Level 0 (practice): Where is Evan? Hint: Evan is not Elena or Lydia.

2014-09-21 Outreach Elena Evan Lydia

Level 1: Beginner. Where is Evan?

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Level 2: Intermediate. Where is Evan?

2014-09-21 Outreach 2

Level 3: Insane. Where is Evan?

2014-09-21 Outreach 3

We play only the best games.


Karen Tonsfeldt—a new postdoc—joins Slav’s lab

Karen 1Welcome Karen!

Sensory Transduction Meeting in Woods Hole

Woods Hole, Mass

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Eve and Slav



We’re 2 years old!

2014-09-01 Slav ElenaWoods Hole, MA

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