Yale Physiology researchers discover how blind worms "see" the color blue
The laboratory of Dr. Michael Nitabach discovered that C. elegans, despite lacking eyes and opsin genes, can discriminate between colors to guide foraging decisions. The study is published in the Science journal (https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6533/1059) and is accompanied by a perspective article by Lauren Neal, Leslie Vosshall (https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6533/995)Source: How Do Blind Worms See the Color Blue?
Elena Gracheva is a finalist of the 2020 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
Dr. Elena Gracheva, an Associate Professor of Cellular & Molecular Physiology and of Neuroscience, is a 2020 Finalists of the prestigious Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, the world’s largest unrestricted prize for early-career scientists.Source: Elena Gracheva is a finalist of the 2020 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists
Ni Feng receives a 2020 Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholar Award
Ni Fend, a postdoctoral researcher in Elena Gracheva's lab, has become a 2020 Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholar. Her project "Hanging in the Balance: Fluid Homeostasis in Hibernation" aims to reveal fundamental knowledge about how hibernation enables some species to survive over an entire winter without water. This project will use the thirteen-lined ground squirrel as a model system to dissect and manipulate the neural circuits that regulate fluid balance across torpor and arousal states during hibernation.Source: Ni Feng receives a 2020 Warren Alpert Distinguished Scholar award
How hibernating squirrels live for months without water
A team of researchers from Yale Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology led by Elena Gracheva and Slav Bagriantsev explore a physiological mechanism that enables hibernating mammals to survive for many months without water.Source: Science
Elena Gracheva receives a Presidential Award (PECASE)
Elena Gracheva, Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Neuroscience, receives a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.Source: President Donald J. Trump Announces Recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Physiology PhD student Karl Barber wins Schmidt Science Fellowship
Karl Barber (Rinehart lab) has won the inaugural Schmidt Science Fellows competition. The Schmidt fellowship is an elite postdoctoral fellowship launched this year by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and the Rhodes Trust, home of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships. Karl has achieved this tremendous honor by his hard work and unparalleled scholarship during his Ph.D. work in the Physiology Department and puts us permanently into the illustrious record of the Rhodes Trust.Source: First Class Of Schmidt Science Fellows Announced
Tactile specialist ducks help understand the molecular basis of the sense of touch.
A collaborative study between the Bagriantsev and Gracheva laboratories shed light on the processes underlying acute mechanosensitivity in the bill of tactile specialist ducks. These results help understand the molecular underpinnings of the sense of touch in the glabrous skin of vertebrates.Source: Duck bill’s sensitive touch develops in the egg
Researchers describe how sperm can lose their way
Sperm tails are actually complex propellant and navigational devices that help push them through fluids and navigate around complex terrain of the female oviduct. Now researchers at Yale and Harvard Universities have identified a key component of this navigational system which, when disabled, greatly reduces male fertility.