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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.

Note to interested undergraduates - The lab is currently accepting applications for the Fall semester.  Please follow the application instructions here.  For full consideration, please submit your application by April 18th.  (Applications will be considered after the deadline, though, depending on situation).

April 20, 2016:
  Our undergrad seniors have all decided where they will be next year!  Patrick will be attending medical school at the University of Pittsburgh; Erin will be attending graduate school at EMBL in Rome; Andrew will be attending graduate school at the Brain and Cognitive Science Department at MIT; Leslie will be volunteering for a year at Amate House while applying to medical school.  Congrats to all for your fantastic accomplishments!

April 15-17, 2016:
The lab attends the North East Regional Meeting for the Society of Developmental Biology.  Laura Anne was the co-organizer this year.  Beth, Burcu, Garrett, Leslie, Erin, and Jackson all presented posters.  Congrats to Leslie and Erin for receiving undergraduate poster awards!

April 15, 2016:
Laura Anne receives word that our March of Dimes grant, on Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, will be funded!

March 23, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a talk at UMASS Lowell for their Biology Department Seminar series. Thanks to host, Sarah McMenamin, for a great visit!

March 9, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a talk at Columbia University for their Pathology and Cell Biology Seminar series. Thanks to host, Francesca Bartolini, for a great visit!

March 7, 2016:
Laura Anne, together with Physics Professor, Ken Burch, have received an NSF award to fund their "Research Experience for Undergraduates" Integrated Scienced program, to be held at BC during the summers of 2017-2019.

March 3, 2016:
Congratulations to our undergraduate seniors Andrew Francl and Erin Rutherford for getting accepted to graduate schools!

February 22, 2016:
We just received the Notice of Award for an R03 grant from the NIDCR!

February 1, 2016:
The lab welcomes new undergraduate freshman, Rachael Cella!

January 29, 2016:
Our collaborator's paper, "Conserved roles for cytoskeletal components in determining laterality", was just accepted to Integrative Biology. Congrats to Garrett for working with our post-doc affiliate, Gary McDowell (post-doc in the Mike Levin's lab at Tufts), to do the microtubule dynamics assays for the paper, and thanks to both Mike and Gary for inviting us to be a participant in this interesting story.

January 28, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a talk at BC's "Junior Scholars in Conversation" program.  Continued thanks to Charlie Gallagher SJ for facilitating a great session.

January 26, 2016:
The lab welcomes new undergraduate sophomore, Quinn Coughlin!

January 26, 2016:
Our review paper, "Using Xenopus laevis retinal and spinal neurons to study mechanisms of axon guidance in vivo and in vitro" was accepted to Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology. Congrats to Burcu for spearheading this project, along with Patrick for his important contributions!

January 20 - May 5, 2016:
This semester, Laura Anne teaches BIOL304 - Undergraduate Cell Biology and BIOL615 - Advanced Cell Biology.

January 15, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a talk at University of Southern California for the Craniofacial Molecular Biology Seminar Series.  Thanks to host, Ruchi Bajpai, for a fantastic visit!



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Last updated: 4/21/2016



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