Sensory Physiology Labs at Yale

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

Category: Press

Getting to grips with touch

Our paper on mechanotransduction in the afferent terminal is highlighted by eLife!


Elena talks hibernation on KCBS

Elena gave an interview on hibernation to KCBS!LINK

Rafael’s paper in the news

An article in Pesquisa features Rafael’s interview on his recent paper in Current Biology!

Sarah’s review highlighted in Knowable Magazine

An article in Knowable MAGAZINE publishes an interview with Elena and features Sarah’s review on hibernation!


Sarah talks about hibernation to ACS

Sarah gave an interview about hibernation to American Chemical Society YouTube channel ! Outreach!

UPD: Now featured on NPR:

How climate change plays havoc on hibernating animals

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

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

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

Cell Reports

A new study on the role of Piezo2 in mechanosensory specialization of trigeminal neurons is out on the cover of Cell Reports!

Schneider ER, Anderson EO, Feketa VV, Mastrotto M, Nikolaev YA, Gracheva EO, Bagriantsev SN. A cross-species analysis reveals a common strategy for mechanosensory specialization in trigeminal ganglia. Cell Reports 2019, 26(8): 1979-1987.

UPD: an interesting viewpoint on our study on “Why Evolution is True” by Matthew Cobb: Duck beaks, Umwelt and Kantian a prioris

UPD2: More press coverage on this story (also presented at Biophysical Meeting 2019): EurekAlert, Lab Manager, Phys.Org,,, also International: 20, Diario de Navarra, PlanetaIncognito (Spanish), (German).

UPD3: A recommendation by Ilya Ruvinsky on F1000:  Neuro-Eco-Evo-Devo.

Squirrels in National Wildlife

Surviving Seasonal Slumber: a nice piece inspired by our TRPM8 paper is out in this issue of National Wildlife!

Read the whole story here.

More press coverage on this paper is here.

Lydia and Marco’s paper is covered in J Exp Biol

A great commentary on Lydia and Marco’s recent paper in Current Biology is published in Journal of Experimental Biology:

Daniel Vahaba Hibernating squirrels tweak sodium channels to rest their brain.  (pdf)


New York Times & NatGeo

More press coverage for our recent paper:

New York Times

National Geographic

The Scientist

Science News

Science Daily


Daily Mail

AAAS (Spanish)

Forskning (Norwegian) (Hungarian)

Squirrels on the radio

Elena and Slav gave an interview to German WDR radio on the latest paper from Elena’s lab.

Warum Winterschläfer nicht so schnell frieren

Cell Reports cover!

Our paper on TRPM8 in hibernating animals is published in Cell Reports and featured on the cover!

Matos-Cruz V, Schneider E, Mastrotto M, Merriman D, Bagriantsev S, Gracheva E. Molecular prerequisites for diminished cold sensitivity in ground squirrels and hamsters. Cell Reports 2017, 21(12): 3329-37.


Our paper on Piezo2 and duckbill mechanosensitivity is featured on the cover of today’s issue of PNAS! Special thanks to Ryan Dunn for providing the photo.


Dabbling with Piezo2

A great commentary in PNAS by Ruhma Syeda on our latest paper on the sense of touch in duck neurons!

Ducks in Science News

Our latest duck story was covered in Science News – a very nice takeaway by Roni Dengler:

PNAS featured image

Our recent paper has been highlighted on the PNAS website!


Elena got featured in J Cell Biol

JCB has published an interview with Elena.  Now we know everything.

2015-06-22 Elena JCBArticle PDF

How to hibernate…

Our PNAS story on UCP1 in neurons makes it to the cover of the Yale Scientific magazine:

2015-05-16 Yale Scientific CoverRead the full piece here.

Ducks in the news!

Our story on mechanosensitivity in duck neurons is on the front page of the Smithsonian magazine, Science Daily,, Sciencecodex and more.2015-02-12 Press release duck imageWe thank to Dan Mirin and Laurel Hamers for writing about our work.

UPD: In Croatian.

UPD2: Ducks Fit the Bill for Touch Research

Are you feeling ducky, punk?..


The duck paper is on the cover of PNAS issue 41!


2014-10-14 PNAS screenshot

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