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.
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.
William A. Noftz, Ph.D.
Dr. Noftz is involved in experimental design, data collection, and data analysis in the lab. He has worked on a number of projects, including the identification of cholinergic inputs to the inferior colliculus.
Colleen S. Sowick
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.
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.
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.
Ms. Cox is a rising M3 student at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She is currently working with the Neurolucida computer system plotting cholinergic cells in the mouse brainstem. After medical school she is interested in pursuing a specialty in either neurology or psychiatry.
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.
Diana Coomes Peterson (Ph.D. 2004)
Susan Motts (Ph.D. 2010)
Nichole Beebe (Ph.D. 2016)
William Noftz (Ph.D. 2020)
Kristen Sorensen LaFond
High School students:
Gina Ann Good Crow