Madelyn Lorenz - Research Technician

Madelyn is an expert in all things histology and joins us from the great state of Illinois. 

Yusuf Bekirov - Undergraduate (2016 - 2018)

Current: Undergraduate Student

Jesse Procknow - Research Specialist (2016)

Current: Missouri State Trooper 

Current Lab Members (Staff)

Madison McManus - Undergraduate (2016 - 2018)

Current: Undergraduate Student

Kristann Magee -Animal Technician

Got pups? Well - now you do! Kristann spends part of her time keeping our animal colonies straight, and the rest helping to maintain law and order all around. 

Antea DeMarsilis - Undergraduate (2013 - 2015)

Current: Medical Student (University of Connecticut)

Former Lab Members

Hero Robles -

Research Technician

Though laid back and all smiles, Hero is certainly one to get the job done! He specializes in 3D imaging and is managing our marrow fat projects.


Sarah Turecamo - Undergraduate (2014 - 2017)

Current: Medical student

Zhaohua Wang MS - Research Specialist

Zhaohua has a track record in pharmacology and is focused on the molecular aspects of our work, in addition to overseeing our Biosensor project.

SungJae Park - Undergraduate (2016 - 2018)

Current: Dental applicant 

Tezin Walji - Research Technician (2013 - 2016)

Current: Graduate student (UT Southwestern)

Natalie Wee - Postdoc (2016 - 2017)

Current: Postdoc 

Alec Beeve - Graduate Student

Alec is synthesizing bioengineering and neurobiology based approaches to promote bone growth and regeneration. 

Current Lab members (Trainees)

Eric Hilker - Research Technician (2017 - 2018)

Current: Medical Student

Kayla Moller - Undergraduate (2016)

Current: Dental student

About us

About the PIs - Erica L Scheller DDS PhD and Clarissa S Craft PhD 

Drs. Scheller and Craft aligned their research interests in 2016 to create a novel, joint laboratory focused on the study of microenvironmental determinants of skeletal health. Dr. Craft has a long-standing interest in understanding how the composition of the extracellular matrix (ECM) influences the biochemical and mechanical properties of the cellular microenvironment, and whether the ECM could serve as a therapeutic target for combating diabetes. Dr. Scheller has extensive experience in studying molecular determinants of skeletal health, particularly in regards to marrow adipose tissue expansion and its impact on both skeletal and systemic metabolism. Their joint laboratory synthesizes their expertise to study the impact of neuroendocrine signals on bone loss and marrow adiposity in diseases including periodontitis and diabetes. 

Eva Jeliazkova - Undergraduate

Eva is working to develop a 'nerves in bone' interface and data sharing paradigms. 

Jennifer Brazill PhD -

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Brazill received her PhD in molecular and cellular pharmacology from the University of Miami. She will apply her expertise to the study of nerves in bone.