Dr. Nicole N. Scheff, PhD

Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

Dr. Scheff received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Neuroscience in 2014. She did a postdoctoral fellowship in oral cancer pain under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Schmidt at New York University College of Dentistry. After receiving a K99/R00 transition to independence career development award from NIH NIDCR, Dr. Scheff started her independent research lab in March 2020.

Pub Med Publications

Lab Manager

Megan Atherton

Megan earned her BA studying philosophy and history of science at St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD), followed by a BS in Biology at UNCA (Asheville, NC). Current interests include animal behavior and biostatistics. Outside of the lab, Megan enjoys gardening, hiking, and spending time with her young son.

Research Assistant Professor

Lisa McIlvried

Lisa completed her BS in Neuroscience and Psychology at Allegheny College, her PhD in Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh, and postdoctoral work at Washington University in St. Louis specializing in pain research. She is currently research faculty in the Dept of Neurobiology . Outside of work she enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, and time with family.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nicole Horan

Nicole is a senior double majoring in neuroscience and molecular biology with a minor in chemistry. She has been a part of the lab since October 2020. Outside of the lab Nicole enjoys playing trombone in the University of Pittsburgh marching band. 

Lab Extern

Mona Yuan

Mona is a junior majoring in neurobiology and minoring in biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She has been a part of the lab since January 2022. Outside of the lab, she enjoys running for CMU, listening to podcasts, and spending time with family and friends.

Lab Collaborators

Jami Saloman PhD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Gastroenterology

Marci Nilsen RN PhD, University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing, Department of Acute and Tertiary Care

Tullia Bruno PhD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Immunology

Brian Schmidt DDS MD PhD, College of Dentistry at New York University

Lab Alum

Morgan Ottley

University of Pittsburgh c/o ’21
Department of Neuroscience

Tori Goch

University of Pittsburgh ’21
Biological Sciences