The John B. Pierce Laboratory

New Views of Deep-Sea Bioluminescence: Low-Light Camera Reveals Life on a Hydrothermal Chimney

TEST3By Ashik Siddique A video of bioluminescence in a hydrothermal chimney, collected by low-light camera on the ROV Hercules: A team of scientists including Dr. Vincent Pieribone and Dr. Ganesh Vasan of the John B.…
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Catsharks have an eye for fluorescence and they use it to perceive their kin

TEST3By Madhuvanthi Kannan Scientists including Dr. Vincent Pieribone have shown that catsharks – spotty, reticent fishes of deep ocean waters – have extraordinary vision that helps them distinguish their mates from other species.… Continue Reading ?

Mary Burke selected to receive two awards

TEST3Congratulations to Mary Burke, Yale graduate student in the lab of Dr. Dana Small, who has been selected to receive the Annie Le Fellowship Award of 2016, and as part of the Yale Neuroscience Outreach Program, the Seton Elm-Ivy Award.… Continue Reading ?

Animals, from flies to humans, use olfaction to find resources, such as food and mates. How do such different creatures, with such different brains, all share this ability?

TEST3Dr. Justus Verhagen, an Associate Fellow at The John B. Pierce Laboratory, along with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of California-Berkeley, Weill Cornell Medical College, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York Universi
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Pierce and Yale Scientists discuss Neurogastronomy with the “New Republic”

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What’s that smell? Figuring out how animals navigate with their noses.

TEST3Justus Verhagen, PhD, an Associate Fellow at The John B. Pierce Laboratory, is one of 17 researchers nationwide working as part of the White House BRAIN Initiative under a grant  from the National Science Foundation to study how the brain processes and identifies odors.… Continue Reading ?

Compromised dopamine signaling is associated with impulsive behaviors in obesity and alcoholism

TEST3Compromised dopamine signaling is associated with impulsive behaviors in obesity and alcoholism and administration of fatty acid amide oleoylethanolamide (OEA) has been shown to rescue dopamine signaling in rodents. Dr. Dana Small and her colleagues tested whether three-week supplemen
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Dr. Dana Small receives two honors

TEST3Dana Small, PhD, Deputy Director for Research at The John B. Pierce Laboratory, and Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, is the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) annual recipient of the Alan N.… Continue Reading ?

Heightened ability to imagine odors linked to higher body weight

TEST3Researchers at The John B. Pierce Laboratory and the Yale School of Medicine have revealed that the ability to vividly imagine the smell of popcorn, freshly baked cookies and even non-food odors is greater in obese adults.… Continue Reading ?

Can robots be taught to smell?

TEST3By Ed Stannard, New Haven Register Posted: 10/29/15, 1:19 PM EDT NEW HAVEN >> Understanding the sense of smell could help in building robots to do things we rely on animals to do today, such as locating people under the rubble of an earthquake, locating illegal drugs or finding
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