Elena Gracheva PhD

Assistant Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience | Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology

Office of Student ResearchProgram in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and RepairInterdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramCellular & Molecular Physiology

Research Interests

Sensory physiology; Molecular adaptations; Hibernation; Thermoregulation; Ion channels; Neuroscience more...


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007

Selected Publications

  • Gracheva EO, Cordero-Morales JF, González JA, Ingolia NT, Aranguren CI, Manno C, Weissman JS, Julius D. Ganglion-specific splicing of TRPV1 underlies infrared sensation in vampire bats. Nature (Cover) 2011: 476:88-91. Research highlighted in “Nature” “News and views” M. Brock Fenton. Heat-thirsty bats. 2011; 476:40-41.
  • Gracheva EO, Ingolia NT, Kelly YM, Cordero-Morales JF, Hollopeter G, Chesler AT, Sánchez EE, Perez JC, Weissman JS, Julius D. Molecular basis of infrared detection by snakes. Nature (Article) 2010; 464(7291):1006-11 PMID: 20228791. Evaluated by The Faculty of 1000.
  • Cordero-Morales JF, Gracheva EO, Julius D. Cytoplasmic ankyrin repeat domains of TRPA1 dictate sensitivity to thermal and chemical stimuli. PNAS 2011, PMID: 21930928 .



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