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.
Note to interested undergraduates - The lab does not currently have room to take any new undergraduate students this semester. However, to get on a list for consideration for the Fall, please follow the instructions here.
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!
December 12-16, 2015: Laura Anne presents a talk, and Beth, Burcu, Garrett, Patrick, and Erin all present posters at the American Society for Cell Biology meeting in San Diego.
December 10, 2015: The lab was featured in Boston College Magazine's article "Entry Points". The article highlights undergraduate research in five of BC's science labs. Check it out below!
December 3, 2015: Laura Anne presents a lightening talk at the New England Society of Microscopy (NESM) meeting at the Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, MA. She is also elected to the NESM Board as a Director of Biological Sciences. Check out more about NESM here http://nesmicroscopy.org/
November 27, 2015: Our review paper, "Cytoskeletal social networking in the growth cone: how +TIPs mediate microtubule-actin cross-linking to drive axon outgrowth and guidance" was accepted to Cytoskeleton. Congrats to Garrett for spearheading this project, along with Beth for her important contributions!
November 17, 2015: Congratulations to Patrick Ebbert for acceptance to Hofstra Medical School for their MD program!
November 13, 2015: Our very own Beth Bearce was highlighted in a Boston College promotional video produced by the Office of News and Public Affairs. The video is titled "Ever to Excel: The Power of Resilience". Watch it here! My favorite parts are: 1:05-1:14, 1:36-1:44 (especially 1:40), 2:08-2:18 (note Beth's dramatic blinking), 2:45-2:50, 3:22-3:24, 3:51-3:55.
November 3, 2015: The Lowery Lab is excited to find out that we received a 3.0 percentile score on our R01 application. It looks like we will be receiving our first R01 in 2016, from the National Institute of Mental Health!
November 2, 2015: Laura Anne presents a talk at McGill University for their Molecular Seminar series. Thanks to host, Gary Brouhard, for a great visit!
October 18 - 21, 2015: Laura Anne attends and presents a poster at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.
October 15, 2015: Laura Anne presents a talk at Stony Brook University for their Biochemistry and Cell Biology Department Seminar series. Thanks to host, David Matus, for a great visit!
October 2, 2015: Our collaborator's paper, "Compartmentalized Toxoplasma EB1 bundles spindle microtubules to secure accurate chromosome segregation", was just accepted to Molecular Biology of the Cell. Congrats to Patrick and Belinda for doing the Xenopus work for this paper, and thanks to Chun-Ti (post-doc in the Gubbels lab) and MJ Gubbels for inviting us to be a part of this interesting story.
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Last updated: 2/2/2016