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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 here at BC. We currently have a busy and enthusiastic crew here as we get our research off the ground.

The lab is currently accepting applications for 1-2 undergrad part-time volunteer positions for the fall semester. At this time we are requesting applications from rising sophomores and juniors only. Applications are due by September 14th, 2015 (but earlier submissions are encouraged).  Instructions for submitting can be found here.

June 15, 2015:
Our first review paper, "TIPsy tour guides: How microtubule plus-end tracking proteins (+TIPs) facilitate axon guidance" was officially accepted to Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. Congrats to Beth for spearheading this project, along with Burcu for her important contributions!

May 29, 2015:
We say a bittersweet farewell to our fantastic Research Project Manager, Belinda.  We wish her all the best as she heads off to medical school at St. George University in Grenada. 

May 21, 2015:
Congratulations to our PhD graduate student, Beth, for passing her qualifying exam!  Yay, Beth!

May 18, 2015:
Congratulations to our undergraduate seniors, Patrick, Matt, Charlie, Chris, and Joey, on their graduation day!  We are proud of your many accomplishments, and we will miss you!

May 13, 2015:
Our second research paper, "Xenopus TACC1 is a microtubule plus-end tracking protein that can regulate microtubule dynamics during embryonic development" was just accepted to Cytoskeleton. Congrats to Chris and Matt for spearheading this project, along with Belinda, Patrick, Charlie, Joey, Andrew, and Sean for their essential hard work! And thanks to all the other undergrads and our lab manager Aleks for supporting these studies.

May 7, 2015:
Congratulations to our PhD graduate student, Burcu, for passing her qualifying exam!  Yay, Burcu!

May 5, 2015:
At the Scholar of the College dinner, Matt is awarded the McCarthy Prize, for the best senior thesis in the Natural Sciences here at BC.  Congratulations, Matt!

May 1, 2015:
The Biology Dept Undergrad Research Day is today - congratulations to Matt for presenting a fantastic talk, as well as Patrick, Chris, Erin, Claire, and Andrew for presenting great posters!

April 10 - 12, 2015:
The Lowery Lab attends the Northeast Society for Developmental Biology meeting in Woods Hole, MA.  Beth, Burcu, Patrick, Matt, Erin, and Andrew also present posters, while Laura Anne presents a talk.
Congratulations to Matthew Evans for winning one of the undergrad poster awards!  And congratulations to Laura Anne for being voted as one of the co-organizers for next year's meeting.

March 22, 2015 - March 26, 2015
: Laura Anne and Beth attend the EMBO workshop "Emerging Concepts of the Neuronal Cytoskeleton" meeting in Puerto Varas, Chile. Laura Anne is an invited speaker and Beth is presenting a poster.  Thanks to organizers, Christian Gonzalez-Billault and Tony Brown, for organizing a fantastic meeting!

March 18, 2015:
Congratulations to undergrads Patrick and Matt for giving great Senior thesis presentations today!

March 10, 2015:
Laura Anne presents a talk at Tufts Medical School for the Integrated Science Program Seminar series. Thanks to host, Julia Yelick, for a great visit!




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Last updated: 6/29/2015



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