Slav and Elena Labs at Yale

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

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Rafael’s talk at Proxima Symposium in Brazil

Rafael went to Porto Alegre, Brazil, to give a talk on hibernation at Proxima Symposium!

Physiology Retreat 2023-II

A second Physiology retreat this year!

Retreat Logo by Ke:

Rebecca’s talk:Poster Winners: Luke, Mai, Jiawen – congrats!

Thank you, Organizing Committee: Aki, Rafael, Qi, Amit, Jiawen, Ke and Marco:
Yale Physiology Department, 2023-11 edition:

Rafael’s talk at M2P2 RIP seminar

Rafael is one step closer to his PhD after giving a great talk at Physiology RIP seminar!

Lorraine’s presentation at CHOATE science fair

Lorraine presented her work on mechanosensation of Elephant Nose Fish at the Choate Rosemary Hall school science fair. Congrats to Lorraine and her mentor Ke!

Outreach to West Hartford high schoolers

A wonderful outreach session to West Hartford High schoolers.

Thank you, Sarah, for your efforts in promoting science to high school kids!


Sam’s presentation at HARPS

Very proud of Sam Levchenko, a lab alumnus from the Hopkins school, who presented his poster at Hopkins Authentic Research Program in Science!

Here is Sam and Marco, Sam’s mentor.

Luke’s INP RIP talk

Luke gave an amazing talk at his (last) INP RIP seminar!

Science Advances

Our paper on the structure and functional mechanism in Meissner corpuscle is out in Science Advances!

Nikolaev YA*, Ziolkowski LH*, Pang S, Li W-P, Feketa VV, Xu CS, Gracheva, EO, Bagriantsev SN. 3D architecture and a bi-cellular mechanism of touch detection in mechanosensory corpuscle. Science Advances, 2023, 9:eadi4147.


Rebecca’s INP talk

Rebecca’s nailed her final talk in the INP research-in-progress seminar series! Congrats!

Hibernation Science Workshop 2023

Elena, Slav and Haoran went to University of Alaska Fairbanks to attend the 2023 Hibernation Science Workshop!We met Owen Funk – our first lab alumnus!Slav is drawing “Hibernation”ResultHaoran’s presentationElena’s lectureGearing up to visit the permafrost tunnels!Just outside the tunnels

Akitoshi joins Slav’s lab

Akitoshi Chikamoto is a new postdoc in Slav’s lab.


Shade joins Elena’s lab

Shade Eleazer (INP) joins Elena’s lab as a PhD student.


Outreach 2023

Two weeks of outreach! Sensory Physiology Club is teaching science to New Haven school students!

Amit joins Elena’s lab

Amit Rana joins Elena’s group. Welcome!

Maryann’s talk at Kavli 2023

Maryann gave a terrific talk at the 2023 Kavli meeting!

essential pre-talk rituals (works every time)…and the talk begins!time for questions!


Sam and Sam join the labs

Sam Bae joins (for the second time!) Slav’s lab for a summer project, and Sam Levchenko joins Elena’s.


Sam BaeSam Levchenko

Lorraine joins Slav’s lab

Lorraine Hillgen from Choate Rosemary Hall joins Slav’s group for a summer project.


Ben leaves the lab

Ben leaves the lab to become a student at U-Mass Boston. Thanks for you work, Ben and good luck!

Emily leaves the lab

Emily Gu leaves the lab after several months of work with Maddy on a squirrel project. It’s been great having you in the lab, Emily!

Haoran’s talk at INP RIPs

Haoran gave a great talk during her INP RIP seminar!

Physiology Retreat 2023

Yale Physiology Retreat 2023 at West Campus!

Retreat logo by Ke

Group photo – Department of Physiology, 2023 editionElena, Ke, SlavHaoranDavid, Mai, MaryannViktor is interrogating someone MaddyRafael  is  singing a songYuryRebeccaSlav’s talkSarah’s talkRafael wins the Grand Prix game!Organizing committee – Ke, Marco and others!

Ke’s thesis committee meeting

Ke has completed yet another thesis committee meeting, a PhD is in sight!

Trends in Neurosciences

Our review on thermoregulation in hibernators is out in Trends in Neuroscience!

Feketa VV, Bagriantsev SN, Gracheva EO. Ground squirrels — experts in thermoregulatory adaptation. Trends in Neurosciences 2023,

Haoran receives travel fellowship

Haoran receives a travel fellowship to attend Hibernation Science Workshop in Alaska!

Northeastern Pain Symposium

Rebecca, Ke and Yury went to Zuckerman Institue at Columbia to present their work on the sense of touch in squirrels, elephant nose fish and ducks!

Haoran passes quals

Haoran nailed her quals today! One step closer to a PhD!

Maryann’s Physiology RIP seminar

Maryann reported on a new chapter in our lab’s hibernation research during her Physiology RIP talk!

Nature Communications

Mai and Yury’s collaborative work with the Sobolevsky lab is out in Nature Communications!

Neuberger A, Oda M, Nikolaev YA, Nadezhdin KD, Gracheva EO, Bagriantsev SN, Sobolevsky AI. Human TRPV1 structure and inhibition by the analgesic SB-366791. Nature Communications 2023, 14, 2451.

iDISCO workshop

Elena, Ke and Jiawen went to Rockefeller University for an iDISCO workshop! But a slice of NY pizza first (just to reaffirm that New Haven apizza is way better).

Arthur Beyder seminar

We are absolutely thrilled to host Art Beyder today and learn about his work on the sense of touch in the gut!

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