Sensory Physiology Labs at Yale

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

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Current Opinion in Neurobiology

Our review on mechanosensitivity from the perspective of tactile specialist birds is out in Current Opinion in Neurobiology!

Ziolkowski LH, Gracheva EO, Bagriantsev SN.  Tactile sensation in birds: Physiological insights from avian mechanoreceptors. Curr Opin Neurobiol 2022, 74: 102548.

Ke’s talk at INP RIPs

Ke gave a superb talk at INP Research-In-Progress seminar!


Elena talks hibernation on KCBS

Elena gave an interview on hibernation to KCBS!LINK

Video abstract for our Current Biology paper

Our Current Biology paper is now supplemented with a video Abstract featuring all the authors!

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!


Maryann is a Kavli Fellow

Congratulations to Maryann on receiving a postdoctoral fellowship from Kavli Institute for Neuroscience!

Maddy’s talk at Physiology RIPs

Maddy gave a spectacular talk at Physiology RIP seminar!

Rafael’s talk at Neuroscience seminar

Rafael gave a great talk on his recent study at a Neuroscience Seminar!

Luke gives a seminar at INP RIPs

A great talk on mechanosensation by Luke at INP RIP seminar!

Current Biology

Our new study on sexual maturation during hibernation is out in Current Biology!

Dai Pra R, Mohr SM, Merriman DK, Bagriantsev SN, Gracheva EO. Ground squirrels initiate sexual maturation during hibernation. Curr Biol 2022, e-pub 3/3/2022.

Maddy’s talk at INP RIP seminar

Maddy nails her talk at INP Research-In-Progress Seminar!

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

Sarah gives a talk at INP RIPs

A great talk by Sarah at a Neuroscience RIP seminar!

J Exp Biol Cover

Our recent review on the neural origins of hibernation is on the cover of J Exp Biol!

Journal of Experimental Biology

All that’s known about neural origins of hibernation is in our new review!

Junkins MS, Gracheva EO, Bagriantsev SN. Towards understanding the neural origin of hibernation. J Exp Biol 2022, 225 (1): jeb229542.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Artwork by Ke Tan


Our lab’s highlight of the great discoveries by David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian that earned them the Nobel Prize in 2021 is out in Cell!

Gracheva EO, Bagriantsev SN. Sensational Channels. Cell 2021, 184(26): 6213-16.

Ke gives a talk at Physiology RIPs

Ke nailed her RIP talk at Physiology Research-In-Progress seminar series!

Rafael wins a poster award

Congratulations to Rafael on winning a poster award at the BRASA Summit meeting!

We’re 9 years old!

cartoon by Ke Tan

Maryann Platt joins Elena’s lab

Maryann Platt is a new postdoc in Elena’s lab. Welcome!

Mai is a Uehara Postdoctoral Fellow

Congratulations to Mai on receiving a postdoctoral fellowship from the Uehara Memorial Foundation!


Slav and Elena officially receive tenure!

Sensory Physiology Club – Zoom edition 2021

Sensory Physiology Club strikes again! We’ve had a wonderful week teaching sensory physiology to a new class of science-hungry students from New Haven schools.

Rebecca’s INP RIP seminar

Rebecca gave a superb seminar at INP RIPs!


Ke and Luke give INP RIP talks

Great presentations by Ke and Luke at the INP RIP seminar!


Rafael passes quals

The keep coming! Today Rafael passed his qualifying exams! Congratulations!

Rebecca passes quals

Rebecca successfully passes qualifying exams! Congratulations!

Luke’s talk at Physiology RIPs

Luke nailed his talk at Physiology Research-In-Progress Seminar!

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