The Lowery Lab Biology Department at Boston College
Accurate axon guidance is absolutely essential
to the development and function of the nervous
system, and abnormalities in neural connectivity
are associated with a multitude of neuro-
The long-term goal of our lab is to understand
the cell biological mechanisms by which the
embryonic growth cone coordinates multiple
sources of guidance information in order to
steer in the right direction.
Our research utilizes high-resolution live imaging
and computational analysis of cytoskeletal
behavior in cultured Xenopus laevis neurons
to address this goal.
Welcome to the Lowery Lab website! The lab in Higgins 430 "officially" opened in January 2014, when Laura Anne began her position as an Assistant Professor here at BC. We currently have a busy and enthusiastic crew here as we get our research off the ground.
March 3, 2014: The lab welcomes our first official PhD students, Beth Bearce and Burcu Erdogan!
February 25, 2014: The lab welcomes BC undergrads Chris Lucaj, Andrew Francl, Jonathan Boudreau!
January 13, 2014: The lab welcomes Erin Rutherford, our newest BC undergrad!
January 9, 2014: Our new Zeiss spinning disk confocal system arrived this week, and we took the first images today!
January 6, 2014: The lab welcomes Biology rotation graduate student Amy Valera for the months of January and February.
December 16, 2013: Laura Anne presents an ePoster talk about her work on XMAP215 in growth cones at the American Society for Cell Biology meeting in New Orleans.
December 7, 2013: The lab gives a bittersweet farewell to our first Lab Manager, Alina Stout. Alina did a fantastic job helping the lab set up in the Fall, and now she moves on to a new experience while she finishes her BS in Biology at Northeastern.
November 21, 2013: The final paper from Laura Anne's post-doc work at Harvard (on the growth cone-specific roles of microtubule polymerase XMAP215) has been accepted for publication. Congrats to Laura Anne, Anna, and Alina!
November 7, 2013: The lab is the second place winner in the American Society for Cell Biology 2013 "We Are Research" Lab Photo Competition! See here or here for the competition details. Our winning photo is posted in the "Photos" page. Thanks to Biology grad students Beth Bearce and Burcu Erdogan for the award-winning ideas, and to Adam Jenkins for taking the photo.