Erica L Scheller, DDS, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Scheller has a research background that spans the fields of bone biology, neurobiology, and integrated physiology. She completed DDS/PhD and post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan prior to founding the NSBL at Washington University. Dr. Scheller has a directed interest in leveraging high-resolution imaging and other innovative techniques to study neural regulation of the skeletal microenvironment.

Jennifer Brazill, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Brazill is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory. During her PhD at the University of Miami, she established a Drosophila larval model for studying neuronal mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy revealing that larvae exhibit sensory dysfunction that recapitulates aspects of the symptoms experienced by patients. Dr. Brazill is currently studying the impact of genetic ablation of SARM1 on progression of both diabetic neuropathy and skeletal disease.

Alexander Ahmadi, DMD

Master's Student

Dr. Ahmadi is a dentist and Master’s student in the periodontics residency program at Saint Louis University. He will be working in the lab to develop and test oral biosensing paradigms for both matrix-based and salivary analytes.

Alec Beeve

Graduate Student

Alec is a graduate student in bioengineering. During his PhD project, Alec will pursue his interests in medical devices and bioelectrical phenomena to study the acute and chronic effects of bioelectric nerve stimulation on skeletal cells and tissues.

Xiao Zhang

Graduate Student

Xiao joined the lab in 2020 as a graduate student in bioengineering. During his project, Xiao will investigate the neural regulation of bone marrow adipocytes and consider their contributions to the skeletal microenvironment.

Madelyn Lorenz

Research Technician

Madelyn is a certified histology technician. She specializes in advanced processing, imaging and analysis techniques for nerves in musculoskeletal tissues. She also serves as our data wrangler for our SPARC U01 project.

Kristann Magee

Research Technician

Kristann is a research and veterinary technician. She has extensive expertise with colony management, diabetic models, and surgical techniques and supports all aspects of our work in the lab.

Ivana Shen


Ivana is an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory. She is currently developing methods for processing and analysis of peripheral nerves from rodents and humans to track the onset and progression of peripheral neuropathy.

Jae Choi


Jae is an undergraduate in the laboratory. He is currently learning about projects within the laboratory and has previously examined the role of SARM1 in peripheral adiposity and skeletal changes in a model of type 2 diabetes.

David Shin


David Shin is currently a junior and was previously majoring in Economics and Accounting at Washington University in St. Louis prior to following the call to change his major to Biology. He is currently studying the impact of the matricellular protein periostin on fracture healing and nerve regeneration.


  1. Antea DeMarsilis (Undergraduate, 2013-2015)
  2. Tezin Walji (Technician, 2013-2016)
  3. Kayla Moller (Undergraduate, 2016)
  4. Jesse Procknow (Research Specialist, 2016)
  5. Sarah Turecamo (Undergraduate, 2014-2017)
  6. Natalie Wee (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016-2017)
  7. SungJae Park (Undergraduate, 2016-2018)
  8. Madison McManus (Undergraduate, 2016-2018)
  9. Yusuf Bekirov (Undergraduate, 2016-2018)
  10. Eric Hilker (Technician, 2017-2018)
  11. Zhouhua Wang (Research Specialist, 2018-2019)
  12. Eva Jeliazkova (Undergraduate, 2018-2019)
  13. Clarissa Craft (Co-Investigator/Assistant Professor, 2016-2019)
  14. Nasja Wickerhauser (Undergraduate/BioSURF Fellow, 2019)
  15. Hero Robles (Undergraduate and Research Technician, 2016-2020)