Our Lab

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 American Cancer Society.

The Lowery Lab has been located at the Boston Medical Center 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). 

Latest News

2016 video to highlight training and mentoring in the Lowery lab

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!

December 11, 2020: Micaela's paper on the role of 16p12.1 deletion orthologs in craniofacial development has been posted on BioRxiv

December 2020: Laura becomes the BUSM Hem Onc Section Anti-Racism Champion, as part of the newly formed Diversity and Racial Equity Council. Please reach out to Laura if you have further ideas for how our community can be more anti-racist.

November 16, 2020: Laura gives a virtual seminar at BUSM for the Department of Biochemistry. Thanks to Nelson Lau for the invitation!

November 11, 2020: Laura hosts Dr. April Risinger from UT San Antonio for the Department of Medicine Cancer Center Grand Rounds seminar. Thanks to April for a great talk!

November 5, 2020: Laura serves on the Blue Ribbon Panel for poster judging for the BUSM Department of Medicine Evans Days.

October 26, 2020: Laura is a virtual guest speaker at CSU Long Beach Cytoskeletal Graduate class. Thanks to Elena Grintsevich for the invitation!

September 8, 2020: The Lowery Lab welcomes Mackenzie Hulme as our new Research Assistant and Lab Manager!

August 13, 2020: Congratulations to Garrett Cammarata for successfully defending his PhD thesis! He did a fantastic job. Here is his goodbye video: https://youtu.be/cYB3qfQ4I5I

July 20, 2020: Congratulations to Micaela Lasser for successfully defending her PhD thesis! She did a fantastic job. Here is her goodbye video: https://youtu.be/KA8gdZxAKuw

July 16, 2020: Congratulations to BU undergrad Sarah Anwar for receiving one of the 2020 Loren E. Wold Awards. She was selected for this award in recognition of her outstanding UROP application. Only 4 were awarded in all of BU.

June 10, 2020: The Lowery Lab joins academic groups around the country to "Strike for Black Lives." We are postponing all academic-related work for today, and instead, we will use our time to reflect on how we as individuals and as a group can do a better job to promote anti-racism and support our black colleagues.  https://www.particlesforjustice.org/strike-details

June 9, 2020: Burcu and Beth's protocol on "Live imaging of cytoskeletal dynamics in Xenopus laevis growth cones and neural crest cells" has been accepted to Cold Spring Harbor Protocols for their Xenopus edition. Congratulations, Burcu and Beth! 

June 2, 2020: Burcu's paper on phosphorylation of TACC3 in axons was accepted to the journal, Cytoskeleton! Congratulations to Burcu for her successful work spearheading this study, along with contributors Garrett and Tim, and a huge shout-out to our collaborators Riley St. Clair and Bryan Ballif from the University of Vermont. We couldn't have done it without you!

June 1, 2020: The lab welcomes BU STaRS program student, Andrea Navarrett Vargas, undergraduate from UC Irvine, who will be joining the lab this summer. We are so excited to have you here with us (albeit in an online capacity)!

April 2020: Congratulations to PhD student, Micaela Lasser, for accepting a postdoc position in Helen Willsey's lab at UC San Francisco! She will join the Willsey lab in the Fall, after she defends her thesis.

March 27, 2020: Congratulations to Sarah Anwar and Parth Patel, who both received UROP funding awards for this summer! We hope that the lab will be open so that you can do the research that you proposed! Sending out best wishes to the world for this pandemic to get under control so that the lab can get back to our work...

March 2020: The lab welcomes new Boston University undergrads, Sarah Anwar, Parth Patel, and Rashed Alananzeh! We are glad to have you join us!

January 2020: The lab is hiring a Research Technician, to begin in June 2020 at Boston University Medical Center. This is an ideal position for a current BC undergrad that is graduating in May and wants to work in a lab during their gap year while they apply to medical school. The position will consist of both research (studying microtubule dynamics and cancer, as well as the functions of genes associated with human intellectual disability disorders) as well as overall managerial tasks (including helping Laura Anne move the lab equipment/supplies from BC to BUSM). Please email Prof Lowery at lalowery@bu.edu with your CV/resume if you are interested (or if you have questions), by the end of January. 

January 2020: Our collaborator's paper was accepted to PLOS Genetics! Congratulations, Micaela and Sydney, for your great work and accomplishment as co-authors on this publication.

January 2020: Laura Anne moves to Boston University, and the lab will begin to transition to the Boston Medical Center. Grad students Micaela and Garrett will finish up their PhD work at Boston College during the transition.


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