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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-
developmental disorders. 

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.


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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 in Biology here at BC.  We currently have a busy and enthusiastic crew working on many exciting research projects, ranging from microtubule dynamics in axon guidance to craniofacial development to cancer metastasis.  We are funded by the NIH, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, and NSF.

September 1, 2016:
We welcome Paula Slater as the lab's first Postdoctoral Researcher!

August 28, 2016 - September 1, 2016:
Laura Anne and Burcu attend the International Xenopus Meeting in Crete.  Laura Anne presents a talk, and Burcu presents a poster.

August 22, 2016 - August 23, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a talk and Beth, Burcu, Garrett and Erin all present poster presentations at the Boston College Biology Department Retreat.

August 19, 2016:
The Lowery Lab holds its 4th annual Lab Retreat.

August 17, 2016:
Our lab's third independent research paper, "TACC2 is a microtubule plus-end tracking protein that can promote microtubule polymerization during embryonic development" was just accepted to Molecular Biology of the Cell. Congrats to undergrads Leslie and Erin for spearheading this project, along with Patrick, Ali and Jackson for their essential hard work! And thanks to all the other undergrads and our lab manager Aleks for supporting these studies.

August 5, 2016:
Beth, Burcu, and Erin present posters at the Society for Developmental Biology meeting, in Boston, MA.

July 27, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a talk at UCLA. Thanks to host, Margot Quinlan, for a great visit!

July 13, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a talk for the Neuroscience Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thanks to host, Tim Gomez, for a great visit!

June 21, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a talk at Temple University and Shriners Hospitals Pediatric Research Center Seminar series. Thanks to host, Gianluca Gallo, for a great visit!

June 21, 2016:
We receive news that our collaborator, Santosh Girirajan from Penn State, has received a 4th percentile on our R01 application!  Looks like we are going to have more research funds to work on how genes associated with various intellectual disabilities may impact brain development!

June 13, 2016:
We welcome Sangmook Lee as the lab's first Senior Research Associate!

June 8, 2016:
We received word from the NSF that the NSF MRI grant, of which Laura Anne was one of the lead PI's, is being recommended for funding.  It looks like BC will be acquiring a super resolution microscope!



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Last updated: 8/29/2016



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