2021 Biological Laboratories
16 Divinity Ave
Cambridge MA 02138
Lab website: https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/bellonolab/home
Our lab is interested in how organisms detect salient external or internal environmental signals based on their ecological or behavioral niche. We emphasize a curiosity-based approach in which specialized, unconventional systems are exploited to reveal fundamental concepts of cellular signal transduction, protein biophysics, and evolution. We then aim to understand how these molecular mechanisms impact organismal physiology and behavior.
van Giesen L, Kilian PB, Allard CAH, Bellono NW (2020) Molecular basis of chemotactile sensation in octopus. In press, Cell. NIHMS ID: 1627332Weir K,
Dupre C, van Giesen L, Lee ASY, Bellono NW (2020) A molecular filter for the cnidarian stinging response. eLife 9:e57578. PMID: 32452384
Bellono NW*, Leitch DB*, Julius D (2017) Molecular basis of ancestral vertebrate electroreception. Nature 6;543(7645): 391-396. PMCID: PMC5354974.