Biology Department at Boston College
The Lowery Lab
December 3-7, 2016: 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!

November 1, 2016:
Laura Anne is an invited speaker at the 15th Anniversary Nikon Imaging Symposium at Harvard Medical School.

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 out newest 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!

May 29 - June 1, 2016:
Laura Anne and Erin attend the EMBL Microtubule Meeting in Heidelberg, Germany.

May 31, 2016:
Congratulations to Garrett for passing his qualifying exam!

May 22, 2016:
We receive word that the American Cancer Society will be funding our research, on the role of TACC proteins in cell motility!

May 11, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a talk at Drexel University for their Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy Seminar series. Thanks to host, Peter Baas, for a great visit!

May 2, 2016:
Laura Anne receives the Notice of Award for our R01 from NIMH - 2 million dollars over 5 years!

May 2, 2016:
Welcome to our newest undergrads, sophomore Kyle Lawrence and freshman Ben Pratt.

April 26, 2016:
Laura Anne presents a talk at University of Washington for their Department of Biochemistry Seminar series. Thanks to host, Andrea Wills, for a great visit!

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!


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!
http://bcm.bc.edu/issues/fall_2015/features/entry-points.html

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.

September 28 - October 1, 2015:
Laura Anne attends and presents a talk at the Xenopus PI Meeting, which she co-organized along with Marko Horb and Brian Mitchell, at Woods Hole, MA.
 
September 25, 2015:
Congratulations to our undergrad, Erin Rutherford, for receiving an ASCB Travel Award to attend the cell bio meeting in San Diego in December to present her work.

September 18, 2015:
Laura Anne presents a talk at Albert Einstein College of Medicine for the Department of Physiology and Biophysics Seminar series. Thanks to host, David Sharp, for a great visit!

September 14, 2015:
The lab welcomes new undergraduates Laurie Hayrapetian, Eric Lee, Kelly Hawkins, and Jessica Tiber!

July 31, 2015:
The Lowery Lab holds its 3rd annual Lab Retreat.

July 28, 2015:
Congrats to our undergrad, Andrew Francl, for being accepted into the NIH-funded Computational Image Analysis in Cellular and Developmental Biology Course at Woods Hole, to be held in October.

July 19 - 23, 2015:
Laura Anne attends and presents a poster at the Motile and Contractile Systems Gordon Conference.

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!

February 25, 2015:
Laura Anne presents a talk at Penn State University for the Huck Institute Neuroscience Seminar series. Thanks to host, Melissa Rolls, for a great visit!

February 23, 2015:
The lab welcomes our new PhD student, Garrett Cammarata!

Janaury 21, 2015:
The lab welcomes new undergrad sophomore, Jackson Bowers!

January 20, 2015:
The lab welcomes Gary McDowell, post-doctoral researcher from the Levin Lab at Tufts University, as a visiting scholar in the Lowery Lab!

January 8, 2015:
The lab is currently accepting applications for 1-2 undergrad part-time volunteer positions for the spring semester. At this time we are requesting applications from interested freshmen and sophomores only. Applications are due by January 16th and instructions for submitting can be found here.

January 7, 2015:
Congratulations to undergraduate Matt Evans for acceptance into medical school at Oxford University!

January 5, 2015:
The lab welcomes Biology graduate rotation student, Sean Ruvolo!

January - May 2015: 
Dr. Lowery teaches the graduate-level course, "Advanced Cell Biology".


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.

Lab News 2015-2016