Our Team

Brett R. Schofield, Ph.D.


Dr. Schofield heads the Schofield Lab. In addition to being a principal investigator, he teaches Medical Neuroscience to medical and graduate students at NEOMED. He has over 40 years’ experience using tract-tracing and immunohistochemical techniques to investigate the neuroanatomy and neuromodulation of the auditory brain.

NCBI Bibliography

Email: bschofie@neomed.edu

Nichole L. Beebe, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Beebe is involved in grant writing, experimental design, and data collection and analysis within the lab. She has worked on numerous projects, including subtyping of GABAergic cells in the inferior colliculus and the development of a normal-hearing line of ChAT-Cre mice.

NCBI Bibliography

Email: nbeebe@neomed.edu

Colleen S. Sowick

Research Associate

Ms. Sowick provides expert technical assistance for the Schofield lab, including cutting and staining of neural tissue and management of supplies and equipment. Most recently, she contributed to the development of a normal-hearing line of ChAT-Cre mice.

Nina M. Lenkey, M.S.

Senior Research Assistant

In addition to her background in molecular biology, Ms. Lenkey has extensive expertise in management of animal colonies. She provides expert assistance with surgeries, analysis of data with a computerized microscope system (Neurolucida), and cutting and staining neural tissue. Most recently, she has contributed to a collaborative project investigating cholinergic inputs to the superior olivary complex.

Pooyan Mirjalili

Senior Research Assistant

Mr. Mirjalili provides technical assistance for many of the projects in the Schofield lab, including performing surgeries, cutting and staining neural tissue, and analyzing and photographing data with a computerized microscope system (Neuroucida). Most recently, he has contributed to a collaborative project investigating the projections of neuropeptide-Y expressing cells in the inferior colliculus.

Megan Fritz

Summer Research Fellow

Ms. Fritz is a rising M2 student at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She is currently working on a project to analyze the morphology and distribution of cholinergic axons in the auditory brainstem. After medical school she plans to specialize in pediatric neurology or pediatric neurosurgery.

We collaborate with numerous labs. See more information about our current collaborators here.

When we’re not talking science, our pets are a common topic. See pictures here.

Previous Lab Members

Kyle T. Nakamoto, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Mellott, Ph.D.

Graduate students:
Diana Coomes Peterson (Ph.D. 2004)
Susan Motts (Ph.D. 2010)
Nichole Beebe (Ph.D. 2016)
William Noftz (Ph.D. 2020)

Medical students:
Wyatt Wollman
Steve Lowe
Ragavi Lanka
Ryan Edelbrock

Undergraduate students:
Thomas Tran
Scott Perkins
Jeffrey Krsnak
Ryan Schofield
Kristen Sorensen LaFond
Andrew Ohl

High School students:
Gina Ann Good Crow
Andrew Ohl

Technical Staff:
Arkadiusz Slusarczyk
Megan Storey-Workley

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