Welcome to the Lowery Lab website! We are busy working on a number of different research projects, ranging from microtubule dynamics during axon guidance to craniofacial development to cancer metastasis. We are currently funded by the NIH and the Ellison Foundation.

The Lowery Lab has been located at the Boston Medical Center in the Section of Hematology and Medical Oncology within the Department of Medicine at Boston University since 2020, and Laura Lowery is currently an Associate Professor at Boston University. Prior to that, the lab was located at Boston College (2014-2019). Laura is also the Section's Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion, the Anti-Racism Committee Chair, and the Racial Equity and Wellness Champion to the Boston University Medical Group.

2016 video to highlight training and mentoring in the Lowery lab

The Lowery Lab aims to create a safe space for all members of this community to learn, grow, and succeed in their life goals, and we are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sciences. We welcome and celebrate individuals of all races, ethnicities, social backgrounds, religion, gender, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, and national origin. We currently have funding for students and trainees from underrepresented groups. Please contact Laura for more info. 

You can also click here to learn more about our Section's anti-racism efforts: https://www.bumc.bu.edu/hematology/hematology-oncology-diversity-and-inclusion/.

In addition to running her research lab and promoting anti-racism at BU/BMC, Laura has several websites that might be useful to trainees. Her personal blog can be found at drlauraloweryblog.com . A full listing of her various websites can be found here.

Latest News

July 21, 2022: The Lowery lab is looking for undergraduate students for the Fall. Please click on this application link for details and to download the application.

June 6, 2022: The lab bids a bittersweet farewell to Mackenzie, who is headed off to medical school, and we are excited to now have Chiedza and Gavin join us!

May 1, 2022: The lab has an end-of-Spring semester party to say goodbye to Sarah (our very first BU lab member) and welcoming Gavin for the first time. 

March 30, 2022: Congratulations to Tara O'Brien and Janez James, who were both awarded Boston University Summer Research Grants for their work this upcoming summer!

March 28, 2022: We are pleased to announce that Chiedza Sibanda, a current undergraduate at UMass Amherst, will be joining the lab in June. Welcome, Chiedza, we are so excited to have you join us!

March 22, 2022: We are pleased to announce that our new lab manager, Gavin Slattery, will be joining the lab next month. He will start part-time in April to learn the job while he finishes his undergraduate education at Tufts University and he will transition to full-time in June. Welcome, Gavin, we are so excited to have you join us!

March 9, 2022: Micaela's first author paper, "16p12.1 deletion orthologs are expressed in motile neural crest cells and are important for regulating craniofacial development in Xenopus laevis," was accepted to Frontiers in Genetics! Congratulations, former grad student Micaela Lasser, as well as former undergraduates Jessica Bolduc, Luke Murphy, and Caroline O'Brien, for your great work and accomplishment as co-authors on this publication. And thank you to Sangmook and Santhosh Girirajan for your important contributions as well! https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fgene.2022.833083/full

January 19, 2022: The lab welcomes BU undergrads, Janez James and Tara O'Brien.

January 18, 2022: The lab welcomes BU PiBS graduate rotation student, Jordan Jarman.

December 16, 2021: The lab holds its annual holiday party and gift exchange. 

December 14, 2021: Congratulations to our amazing lab manager, Mackenzie Hulme, for getting into medical school! We are so happy for you but of course will be sad to see you go next summer.

November 19, 2021: We receive news from our NIH Program Officer that the NIH has approved our R01 grant application on cytoskeletal dynamics and axon guidance for funding! This will fund our lab ($1.25 million for our lab, $900,000 for BMC) for the next 5 years! We are thrilled for this opportunity. 

November 8, 2021: The lab welcomes BU undergrad Mina Nguyen!

November 6, 2021: The Lowery Lab holds its annual lab retreat. We discuss this past year's accomplishments, set goals for next year, and have team building activities. Mackenzie, Sarah, and Rachael were successful in creating the largest 18 minute spaghetti-marshmallow tower that the lab has ever seen, in the many years of this event. Check it out on our photo page! 

October 29, 2021: Laura Lowery is awarded a one-year $150,000 grant from the Ellison Foundation for our new cancer project in the lab, "Reducing the severity of melanoma." The lab is grateful to the Ellison Foundation for their generous support of our work!

October 25, 2021: The lab welcomes PiBS PhD program rotation student, Rachael Thomas!

October 22, 2021: Undergrad Ainsley Hutchison presents a poster of her research at the BU 24th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

October 7, 2021: Mackenzie Hulme and Ainsley Hutchison present posters of their research at the BUSM Evans Days.

September 22, 2021: Laura presents a talk at the LabRoots 2021 Cell Biology meeting. Thank you to Dan Suter and the rest of the meeting organizers for the invitation.

September 21, 2021: Laura presents a talk at the BU Dept of Medicine Hem Onc Section Research Seminar. Thank you to organizer, Kim Vanuytsel, for the invitation to present!

August 17, 2021: Laura presents an invited talk at the 18th International Xenopus Conference (virtual). Thanks to the organizers for the invitation!

July 11, 2021: The lab gets together socially for the first time since pre-covid, at a BBQ at Laura's house, to thank everyone for their excellent work. 

June 7, 2021: Our collaborator's paper, "Tau, XMAP215/Msps and Eb1 co-operate interdependently to regulate microtubule polymerisation and bundle formation in axons" (in collaboration with the Prokop lab at the University of Manchester) was accepted to PLOS Genetics! Congratulations, Paula Slater, for your great work and accomplishment as a co-author on this publication.

June 1, 2021: The lab welcomes BU STaRS student, Hieu Nguyen, and MD student from Turkey, Bengisu Gur, who are both visiting us for the summer.

May 4, 2021: The lab welcomes new undergraduate student, Joe Ebbert, who will be joining the lab at the end of May.

April 21, 2021: Laura gives a virtual seminar at Loyola University Chicago. Thanks to Jenny Mierisch for the invitation!

March 26, 2021: Congratulations to our newest undergrad, Ainsley Hutchison, who was awarded a Boston University Summer Research Grant for her work this upcoming summer!

March 16, 2021: Micaela's co-first author paper, Functional assessment of the “two-hit” model for neurodevelopmental defects in Drosophila and X. laevis (in collaboration with the Girirajan lab at Penn State) was accepted to PLOS Genetics! Congratulations, Micaela and Connor, for your great work and accomplishment as co-authors on this publication.

February 8, 2021: That lab welcomes PiBS graduate program rotation student, Mari Ayuso!

February 1, 2021: The lab welcomes new BU undergrad, Ainsley Hutchison. We are glad to have you join us!

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