The John B. Pierce Laboratory


Dr. Nina Stachenfeld named a Distinguished Woman at Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and will open the day for 100 Years of Women on June 1, 2018.

Dr. Nina Stachenfeld is being recognized for her accomplishments in science, for her mentorship, and for her efforts on behalf of women at YSM. She served as chair and member of the Diversity Committee at the Yale School of Public Health; as an executive board member, Committee for the Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM) since 2010; and is now serving as co-chair of SWIM. She has mentored students as a faculty member of Yale’s BioSTEP and Discovery to Cure and has served as a mentor for the Diversity Mentorship Program of the American Physiological Society.  Her work focuses on cardiovascular disease in women.  The goal of her research is to understand mechanisms of cardiovascular and metabolic function and risk in women with chronic illness.  She is interested particularly in the impact of estrogens, progesterone and androgens on cardiovascular function and control of blood pressure and insulin resistance.

On June 1, 2018 Yale School of Medicine will host a symposium commemorating the 100-year anniversary of women at Yale School of Medicine. Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM), the Minority Organization for Retention & Expansion (MORE), and the Dean’s Office, this event will celebrate the contributions of women faculty and alumnae from the School of Medicine. The symposium will feature speakers who will discuss the challenges for women in their fields, as well as those encountered on the pathway to finding life-work balance.

Dr. Nina Stachenfeld and Dr. Elizabeth Jonas, Co-Chairs of Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, will open the day.

You can register for the day here:

All are welcome to attend.

John B. Pierce Laboratory members show off their cool science at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, D.C.

Three labs of the John B. Pierce Laboratory (Pieribone, Stachenfeld, Verhagen) went to D.C. to show and discuss their ongoing work among some of the ~30,000 (!) neuroscientists there.  Of course after the posters and symposia there’s always a lot of catching up to do with other colleagues. Very fun and very useful!

Dr. Keeley Baker (Postdoc, Verhagen lab) vividly explaining her brand new results on mouse odor plume navigation using our newly developed virtual odor navigation system (collaboration with Dr. John Crimaldi, U Colorado). She was crazy busy!

Ankita Gumaste, B.Sc. (graduate student, INP 2nd year, Verhagen lab) discussing mouse navigation in real plumes and responses of the olfactory bulb to plumes. She was just as busy!



Billy Coronas, M.Sc. (senior technician, Verhagen lab) fiercely defending latest imaging results of our (collaboration with Dr. Alla Ivanova) new mitochondrial sporadic Alzeimer’s Disease mouse model. Beta-amyloid: time to step aside!

Dr. Justus Verhagen (PI) telling everyone that resting state networks underlie odor response maps of the olfactory bulb (collaboration with Drs. Fahmeed Hyder, Gordon Shepherd, and Garth Thompson). Justus later was in total resting state as this was the end of the meeting.

Delicious and very fun Verhagen lab reunuion dinner at Brasserie Beck (Belgian food, we’ll be back!) with former postdoc Dr. Shaina Short (now with Matt Wachowiak at U. Utah)