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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 Associate Chief for Faculty Affairs, the Anti-Racism Committee Chair, and the Racial Equity and Wellness Champion to the Boston University Medical Group. She was the Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion from 2022-2023, before being promoted to Associate Chief for Faculty Affairs in August 2023.

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. 

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

November 3, 2023: Our lab's review, "Re-examining the evidence that ivermectin induces a melanoma-like state in Xenopus embryos," has been accepted to Bioessays! Congratulations and thanks to all of the co-authors, especially undergraduate Ainsley and lab manager Chiedza for spearheading this project, in addition to the fantastic contributions by previous lab manager Mackenzie, previous undergrad Sarah, previous PhD rotation student Rachel, and visiting scholar Bengisu!

October 31, 2023: Paula's collaborative paper, "CKAP5 enables the formation of persistent actin bundles templated by dynamically instable microtubules," was accepted to Current Biology! Congratulations to Paula for her great work on this. And thank you to the amazing collaborators, Jan Sabo, Zdenek Lansky, Marcus Braun, for their important work and leadership on this manuscript. Finally, thank you to additional collaborator in the Lansky/Braun labs, Miska Zdimalova, who first connected with Laura at ASCB to set the stage for this fantastic collaboration. 

October 30, 2023: Laura gives an invited seminar for the Northeastern University Biology Colloquium Series. Thank you to Calina Copos for hosting a great visit! 

October 20, 2023: Undergrad Olivia Perry presents a poster of her research at the BU 26th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

October 20, 2023: Congratulations to Olivia Perry and Burcu Erdogan for winning awards at yesterday's Evans Research Days! Olivia was awarded the 2nd place award for the Basic Science Oral Presentation category, and Burcu received the 2nd place award for the Basic Science Poster Presentation category. It was amazing for our lab to receive such recognition! Thank you to everyone in the lab for your diligent and enthusiastic work!

October 19, 2023: Our undergrad, Olivia Perry, gives an Oral Presentation at the BU Department of Medicine Evans Research Days! In addition, she also presents a poster of her research. Postdoc Burcu Erdogan also presents a poster of her research. Both lab members have been supported by collaborations with our fantastic lab manager, Chiedza Sibanda.

October 11, 2023: Laura gives an invited talk at the Microtubules in Neurons conference at the historic Frauenwörth Abbey on Fraueninsel in Lake Chiemsee (Bavaria), Germany. Thanks to the organizers, Monika Leischner-Brill and Magda Magiera, for putting together a fantastic meeting!

September 14, 2023: The lab welcomes two new undergrads, Urvika Gupta and Jas Senel. We are happy to have you join us in the lab!

September 6, 2023: The lab is no longer accepting applications for BU undergrads. We have received a record number of over 40 applicants for just 2 spots in the lab. All applicants will be contacted by September 15. 

July 2023: The lab is accepting applications for BU undergrads to begin in the Fall. Interested applicants should follow the instructions on the lab application, found at this link.

June 30, 2023: The lab hosts its annual Lowery Lab Retreat. We discussed this past year's accomplishments, set goals for next year, and had team building activities.

June 9, 2023: The lab enjoys beginning-of-summer lunch at Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen!

May 15, 2023: The lab hosts its annual Spring semester party and says goodbye to our lab manager, Gavin Slattery, along with graduating seniors, Janez James, Tara O'Brien, and Mina Nguyen. We wish you well in your future endeavors!

April 3, 2023: Congratulations to Olivia Perry, who was awarded a Boston University Undergraduate Research Grant for her work this coming summer!

March 13, 2023: The lab welcomes BU medical student, Louis Werner. We are happy to have you join us in the lab!

February 6, 2023: The lab welcomes BU student, Shreya Tripathy. We are happy to have you join us in the lab!

January 11, 2023: Laura is quoted in an article in American Society of Hematology Clinical News, entitled, "Striving for Culturally Sensitive Care."  

January 3, 2023: The lab welcomes postdoc, Burcu Erdogan. We are so delighted to have you in the lab!

December 9, 2022: The lab holds its annual holiday party and gift exchange. 

December 2-6, 2022: Laura and Tara attend the American Society for Cell Biology meeting in Washington DC and present a poster in the Microtubule Dynamics session. It was the first in-person conference since the pandemic. We had a great time connecting with fellow cell biologists in person and look forward to future conferences next year.

October 28, 2022: Congratulations to lab alumni and former postdoc, Paula Slater, who starts next month as an Assistant Professor at Universidad San Sebastián in Santiago, Chile!

October 25, 2022: Laura presents a talk at the BU Dept of Physiology and Neurobiology Research Seminar. Thank you to host, Chris Gabel, for the invitation to present!

October 24, 2022: The lab welcomes PiBS PhD program rotation student, Meliza Perez!

October 21, 2022: Undergrads Tara O'Brien and Janez James present posters of their research at the BU 25th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

October 13, 2022: Undergrads Tara O'Brien and Janez James present posters of their research at the BU Department of Medicine Evans Days.

October 4, 2022: Congratulations to Mina Nguyen, who was awarded a Boston University Undergraduate Research Grant for her work this semester!

September 16, 2022: The lab welcomes BU undergrads, Filip Engstroem and Olivia Perry.

August 8, 2022: The lab hosts its annual Lowery Lab Retreat. We discussed this past year's accomplishments, set goals for next year, and have team building activities. Check it out on our photo page! 

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.

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