Laura Anne Lowery, PhD, Principal Investigator 

Laura grew up in the San Fernando Valley outside of Los Angeles. She discovered her love of academia and biomedical research while an undergrad at the University of California, San Diego. In the lab of Dr. Bill Schafer, she studied the neural circuitry underlying worm egg-laying behavior. In 2008, Laura received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working in the lab of Dr. Hazel Sive at the Whitehead Institute, where she pioneered research studying early brain ventricle morphogenesis. Laura then did post-doctoral research in the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School, in the labs of Dr. David Van Vactor and Dr. Gaudenz Danuser, where she became fascinated by the inner workings of the neuronal growth cone. She began as an Assistant Professor at Boston College in 2014, she was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018. Laura moved to Boston University Medical Center as an Associate Professor at Boston University in 2020. In addition to loving her job, Laura enjoys dancing, playing board games, spending time with her 2 sons and her dog, and training for obstacle course races. Contact her at lalowery at

Laura's CV (current as of June 2020)

Mackenzie Hulme, Lab Manager and Research Assistant


Mackenzie graduated from Boston College in 2019 with a B.S. in biology. She was particularly interested in environmental and public health during her undergraduate career, and worked with various organizations aimed at ameliorating community health disparities. In the past year, she worked at The Shaw Institute in Maine on a pilot public health study regarding gastrointestinal illness and bacteria at local beaches. After taking some time off to study for the MCAT, she rediscovered her love for cell biology and technical scientific research and joined the Lowery Lab to transition her focus from the macro study of human health to the smaller scale and gain more hands-on scientific research experience. Outside of academia, she enjoys hiking and outdoor sports, as well as reading and cooking with friends. She plans to apply to medical school next year. 

Sarah Anwar, Undergraduate 

Sarah is a sophomore studying biology and psychology at Boston University. She joined the Lowery Lab in the spring of 2020 in order to gain research experience and explore cell biology outside of the classroom. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading and cooking with her roommates. After graduation, Sarah hopes to attend medical school.

Parth Patel, Undergraduate 

Parth is a sophomore studying human physiology at Boston University. He joined the Lowery Lab in the spring of 2020 in order to gain research experience and explore cell biology outside of the classroom. He enjoys playing club baseball for BU and he likes to volunteer. During his free time, he also enjoys spending time with friends. After graduation, Parth hopes to attend medical school.

Rashed Alananzeh, Undergraduate 

Rashed is a junior studying Biology (specialization in cellular, molecular, and genetics) and computer science at Boston University. He joined the Lowery Lab in the spring of 2020 in order to gain research experience outside of the classroom. Rashed is a hands-on mechanic and likes to fix and work on cars in his free time. He also enjoys reading and writing poetry. After graduation, Rashed hopes to attend medical school.

David Martignetti, Undergraduate 

David is a junior studying biology at Boston College. He joined the lab in the fall of 2018 to investigate rare genetic disorders and learn more about developmental biology. After graduation, David hopes to attend graduate school.