Featured Awards and Presentations

Madelyn Lorenz unveils the Neuroskeletal Atlas at ASBMR

Madelyn Lorenz unveils the Neuroskeletal Atlas at ASBMR
After 4 years of hard work, Madelyn Lorenz was selected to present her new Neuroskeletal Atlas of the Mouse Limb as a featured oral presentation at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) annual meeting. The Atlas is currently in preparation for publication and we anticipate having it available for preliminary use through […]

Xiao Zhang wins two research awards for work on marrow fat

Xiao Zhang wins two research awards for work on marrow fat
Xiao Zhang won two of the prestigious awards for research at the recent BMA2020 meeting. After an independent committee review, his oral presentation "Fat in a fatless mouse: a novel origin of maladapted bone marrow adipocytes with age and disease" won 1st place in the best abstract category. In addition, his 2nd abstract "Neural contributions […]

Graduate student Alec Beeve awarded BMES travel award

Graduate student Alec Beeve awarded BMES travel award
Mr. Beeve was selected as a recipient of the Department of Bioengineering travel award to attend the BMES conference in San Diego, CA where he will present his work on the acute and chronic regulation of bone by bioelectric stimulation of the sciatic nerve. Congratulations Alec!

Visits to UCLA and UCSF prompt discussions about nerves in bone

Visits to UCLA and UCSF prompt discussions about nerves in bone
Dr. Scheller was hosted by Dr. Tamara Alliston and the to UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to present the ongoing work in the laboratory pertaining to neural regulation of skeletal pathophysiology as part of the CCMBM seminar series.  She then traveled to the UCLA School of Dentistry to visit with Dr. Paul Krebsbach and to […]

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Natalie Wee presents at ASBMR

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Natalie Wee presents at ASBMR
Dr. Wee was selected for a podium presentation for her work entitled "Shared autonomic pathways connect bone marrow and peripheral adipose tissues across the central neuraxis". She presented during the session on 'Bone-Lipid Connections' at the recent 2019 ASBMR meeting. This work was also recently accepted for publication in Frontiers in Endocrinology. Congratulations Natalie!

Dr. Scheller closes out the BMA2019 meeting

Dr. Scheller closes out the BMA2019 meeting
Dr. Scheller presented on neural regulation of marrow fat and its connections across the central neuraxis as the final talk of the 5th International Meeting on Bone Marrow Adiposity in Odense, Denmark.

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.

Presentations and Posters

  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) – Oct 2020 (Alec Beeve, poster presentation)
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) – Sept 2020 (Madelyn Lorenz, oral presentation)
  • 6th International Bone Marrow Adiposity Society (BMAS) – Sept 2020 (Xiao Zhang, oral and poster presentation)
  • Mizzou Musculoskeletal Research Training Program Symposium – June 2020 (Dr. Scheller, Invited Keynote Speaker; Alec Beeve, Xiao Zhang, and Dr. Jennifer Brazill virtual poster presentations)
  • University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Musculoskeletal Seminar Series – Jan 2020 (Dr. Scheller, Invited Seminar Speaker)
  • University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (CCMBM) – Jan 2020 (Dr. Scheller, Invited Seminar Speaker)
  • International Society of Bone Morphometry (ISBM), Orlando, Florida – October 2019 (Dr. Scheller, invited talk)
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), Orlando, Florida – September 2019 (Dr. Natalie Wee, oral presentation)
  • 5th Bone Marrow Adiposity Meeting, Odense, Denmark – August 2019 (Dr. Scheller, invited talk)
  • International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience (ISAN), Los Angeles, California – July 2019 (Alec Beeve and Madelyn Lorenz, posters) 
  • ASBMR, Montreal, Canada – September 2018 (Dr. Scheller, oral presentation)
  • 4th Bone Marrow Adiposity Meeting, Lille, France – August 2018 (Dr. Craft, oral presentation)
  • 4th Bone Marrow Adiposity Meeting, Lille, France – August 2018 (Dr. Scheller, oral presentation)
  • European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS), Valencia, Spain – May 2018 (Dr. Scheller, invited talk)
  • 3rd Bone Marrow Adiposity Meeting, Lausanne, Switzerland – August 2017 (Dr. Craft, oral presentation)
  • 3rd Bone Marrow Adiposity Meeting, Lausanne, Switzerland – August 2017 (Dr. Scheller, oral presentation)
  • Musculoskeletal Regenerative Medicine and Biology Symposium, Saint Louis, MO, USA – May 2017 (Dr. Natalie Wee, oral presentation)
  • Elastin, Elastic Fibers & Microfibrils Gordon Research Conference, Maine, USA – July 2017 (Dr. Craft, invited talk)
  • 9th European Elastin Meeting, Stuttgart, Germany – June 2016 (Dr. Craft, invited talk)
  • 2nd Bone Marrow Adiposity Meeting, Rotterdam, Netherlands – August 2016 (Dr. Scheller, oral presentation)
  • ASBMR, Atlanta, GA – September 2016 (Dr. Craft, oral presentation)
  • ASBMR, Atlanta, GA – September 2016 (Dr. Scheller, oral presentation)​

Research Fellowships

  • BioSURF Summer Research Fellowship 2019 (Ivana Shen)
  • BioSURF Summer Research Fellowship 2019 (Nasja Wickerhauser)
  • T32 Graduate research fellowship 2018 (Alec Beeve)
  • T32 Post-doctoral research fellowship 2018 (Jennifer Brazill)
  • BioSURF Summer Research Fellowship 2018 (Eva Jeliazkova)
  • BioSURF Summer Research Fellowship 2017 (SungJae Park)
  • Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship 2017 (Hero Robles and Madison McManus)
  • Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship 2016 (Sarah Turecamo)

Research Grants

Current

  • R01-DE027098 – Development of a wireless biosensor to track bone resorption in periodontitis

Complete

  • U01-DK116317 – Peripheral nerve distribution and function within the skeleton (2017-2020)
  • R56-DE027924 – Extracellular matrix determinants of nerve extension in the dental craniofacial skeleton (2018-2020)
  • R00-DE024178 – Neural regulation of skeletal biology and periodontal disease progression in type 1 diabetes mellitus (2016-2019)