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.


February 6, 2017: Our lab's fourth independent research paper, "The microtubule plus-end-tracking protein TACC3 promotes axon outgrowth and mediates responses to guidance signals during development" was just accepted to Neural Development. Congrats to Burcu Erdogan for spearheading this project, along with Garrett, Andrew, Eric, Ben, and Erin for their essential hard work! And thanks to all the other undergrads and our lab manager Aleks for supporting these studies.

February 6, 2017:
The lab welcomes new undergraduate students Alexandra Magee, Connor Monahan, Seung Woo Kim, Annika Samuelson, and John McNamara!

January 24, 2017:
Congratulations to our undergraduate senior Laurie Hayrapetian for her acceptance into medical school at George Washington University!

January 17, 2017:
The lab welcomes our new graduate student Micaela Lasser!

January 17, 2017:
Laura Anne presents a research seminar at UMASS Amherst, for the MCB Graduate Program Seminar Series. Thanks to host, Jenny Ross, for a great visit!

January 9, 2017:
Laura Anne presents a research seminar at Caltech. Thanks to host, Marianne Bronner, for a great visit!

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. 

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The Lowery Lab
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.
Our Lab
Our Mission
Funding for this research has been provided by
 Boston College, American Cancer Society, March of Dimes,
 the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

Last updated: 3/2/2017