Welcome to the Lab

The Neuroskeletal Biology Laboratory (NSBL) was founded by Dr. Erica Scheller in 2016. Along with co-investigator Dr. Clarissa Craft, the laboratory consists of a mix of technicians, trainees/fellows, and undergraduate researchers. For more information about our members and their accomplishments, please see the people, awards, and antics pages. You can also find us on twitter.

Our Research

Our laboratory synthesizes concepts from cell biology, physiology, and bioengineering to study the relationships between the nervous system and the skeleton. We have a directed interest in understanding how neural signals contribute to skeletal homeostasis, and how perturbations to this system contribute to bone loss, impaired healing, and skeletal pain. For more information about our work, see our projects and publications.

Recent Events

Madelyn Lorenz and Alec Beeve present at ISAN 2019

Madelyn Lorenz and Alec Beeve present at ISAN 2019
Members of the lab recently attended the 11th Congress of the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience to share their science with other SPARC investigators and the autonomic neuroscience community. The lab presented two posters including "Nerves of the Bone: Foundational Neuroanatomical Mapping of Skeletal Nerves from Bone to Brain" (Lorenz) and "Acute and chronic responses […]

Alec Beeve appointed to the Skeletal Disorders Training Program

Alec Beeve appointed to the Skeletal Disorders Training Program
In addition to successfully passing his qualifying examination, Alec Beeve was recently appointed to a competitive graduate student fellowship position on the Skeletal Disorders Training Program (T32). Congratulations to Alec on his exam and his research fellowship to study the effects of acute and chronic bioelectric nerve stimulation on skeletal health.

Exploiting Self-Capacitances for Wireless Power Transfer.

Exploiting Self-Capacitances for Wireless Power Transfer.
Conventional approaches for wireless power transfer rely on the mutual coupling (near-field or far-field) between the transmitter and receiver transducers. In this paper, we show that when the operational power-budget requirements are in the order of microwatts, a self-capacitance (SC)-based power delivery has significant advantages in terms of the power transfer-efficiency, receiver form-factor, and system […]

Characterization of the bone marrow adipocyte niche with 3D-EM.

Characterization of the bone marrow adipocyte niche with 3D-EM.
The bone marrow adipocyte (BMA) exists in a microenvironment containing unique populations of hematopoietic and skeletal cells. To study this microenvironment at the sub-cellular level, we performed a three-dimensional analysis of the ultrastructure of the BMA niche with focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM).

Jennifer Brazill begins T32 fellowship

Jennifer Brazill begins T32 fellowship
Dr. Jennifer Brazill, a post-doctoral fellow with previous training in neurobiology, was appointed to the Skeletal Disorders Training Program T32 in the Division of Bone & Mineral Diseases at Washington University. For her fellowship, Dr. Brazill will study the physiologic integration of the neural and musculoskeletal systems in states of health and diabetes.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Research Symposium
Hero Robles discusses the nuances of bone marrow adiposity with the next generation of researchers. (Washington University Undergraduate Research Day, 2017)

Jobs and Opportunities

Check out our Jobs and Projects pages for more information.