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-
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.

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.

December 16th - January 18th:
  The lab is currently accepting applications for 1-2 undergrad part-time volunteer positions for the spring semester. At this time, we are especially interested in applications from interested freshmen and sophomores. Applications are due by January 18th and instructions for submitting can be found here.

December 3rd-7th:
The Lowery Lab attends the ASCB meeting in San Francisco.  Laura Anne co-organizes a Saturday session on Neuronal Cell Biology with colleague and friend, Stephanie Gupton (UNC Chapel Hill), while Burcu presents a talk in the microsymposium, and Beth, Garrett, Erin, and Jackson all present posters. 

November 9, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a talk at UC Davis for their MCB seminar. Thanks to host, Kassi Ori-McKenney, for a great visit!

November 8, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a talk at UC Berkeley seminar. Thanks to host, Richard Harland, for a great visit!

November 7, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a talk at UC San Francisco seminar. Thanks to host, Fred Chang, for a great visit!

November 4, 2016:
Our review paper, "Xenopus laevis as a model system to study cytoskeletal dynamics during axon pathfinding," was accepted to Genesis: The journal of Genetics and Development. Congratulations to Paula and Laurie for their great work!

October 18, 2016:
Our review paper, "Exploring the developmental mechanisms underlying Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome: evidence for defects in neural crest cell migration," was accepted to Developmental Biology.  Congratulations to Erin for her excellent work on this!

October 17, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a seminar for the Dept of Biology at the University of Richmond.  Thanks to host, Omar Quintero, for an excellent visit!

October 5, 2016
: Laura Anne presents a seminar for the Colloquium for Science Majors at College of Saint Rose.  Thanks to host, Becky Landsberg, for a great visit!

September 26, 2016:
The lab welcomes our newest undergraduates Helen Nazarenko and Sydney Kim!

September 13, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a Special Seminar for the Dept of Cell Biology and Physiology at UNC Chapel Hill.  Thanks to host, Stephanie Gupton!

September 12, 2016:
Laura Anne and Beth attend the Triangle Cytoskeleton Meeting.  Beth presents a poster.

September 6, 2016:
We welcome new undergraduate, Megan Selig!

September 2, 2016:
The lab welcomes new Biology graduate rotation students, Micaela Lasser and Samantha Dyckman!

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

August 29, 2016:
The lab welcomes new undergraduate Jingzong Yan!

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!

See more news HERE

Last updated: 12/21/2016

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