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Sheryl A. Scott

Sheryl A. Scott, PhD

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments Emeritus - Neurobiology

Academic Office Information

Research Interests

  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Sensory Neurons
  • Education (Medical and Graduate)
  • Histology

I joined the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy in 1992, after spending 13 years on the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Stony Brook University. For nearly 30 years I was supported by NIH for research on neuronal development, using the chick embryo as a model organism. The overall goals of my research program were to understand how neurons acquire their identity and to elucidate the molecular nature of the cues that guide sensory and motor axons to their targets in the limb during embryonic development.

I began phased retirement in 2008, but remain active in the department and School of Medicine in a variety of capacities. I serve as the Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Chair of the department, and am a member of the Curriculum Evaluation Committee in the School of Medicine. Together with Drs. Rick Ash, Kathryn Moore and David Morton, I teach the histology laboratory for first year medical students, and facilitate small group activities for both first and second year students. In addition, I recently collaborated with Drs. Ash and Morton to write a histology textbook, “The Big Picture: Histology,” part of an exciting new series of medical texts published by McGraw-Hill.

Education History

Postdoctoral Fellowship Carnegie Institution of Washington
Postdoctoral Fellow
McMaster University Medical Center
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training Yale University
Duke University

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Wang G, Scott SA (2008). Retinoid signaling is involved in governing the waiting period for axons in chick hindlimb. Dev Biol, 321(1), 216-26.
  2. Guan W, Wang G, Scott SA, Condic ML (2008). Shh influences cell number and the distribution of neuronal subtypes in dorsal root ganglia. Dev Biol, 314(2), 317-28.
  3. Wu Y, Wang G, Scott SA, Capecchi MR (2008). Hoxc10 and Hoxd10 regulate mouse columnar, divisional and motor pool identity of lumbar motoneurons. Development, 135(1), 171-82.
  4. Wang G, Scott SA (2007). Onset of ETS expression is not accelerated by premature exposure to signals from limb mesenchyme. Dev Dyn, 236(8), 2109-17.
  5. Munoz LM, Zayachkivsky A, Kunz RB, Hunt JM, Wang G, Scott SA (2005). Ephrin-A5 inhibits growth of embryonic sensory neurons. Dev Biol, 283(2), 397-408.
  6. Wang G, Scott SA (2004). An early broad competence of motoneurons to express ER81 is later sculpted by the periphery. J Neurosci, 24(44), 9789-98.
  7. Wang G, Scott SA (2002). Development of "Normal" dermatomes and somatotopic maps by "Abnormal" populations of cutaneous neurons. Dev Biol, 251(2), 424-33.
  8. Winseck AK, Caldero J, Ciutat D, Prevette D, Scott SA, Wang G, Esquerda JE, Oppenheim RW (2002). In vivo analysis of Schwann cell programmed cell death in the embryonic chick: regulation by axons and glial growth factor. J Neurosci, 22(11), 4509-21.
  9. Cahoon-Metzger SM, Wang G, Scott SA (2001). Contribution of BDNF-mediated inhibition in patterning avian skin innervation. Dev Biol, 232(1), 246-54.
  10. Wang G, Scott SA (2000). The "waiting period" of sensory and motor axons in early chick hindlimb: its role in axon pathfinding and neuronal maturation. J Neurosci, 20(14), 5358-66.


  1. Ash R, Morton DA, Scott, SA (2013). The Big Picture: Histology. New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
  2. Scott SA (1992). Sensory Neurons: Diversity, Development and Plasticity. New York: Oxford University Press.