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 children and her dog, and training for obstacle course races. Contact her at lalowery at

Laura's CV (current as of March 2021)


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 junior 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 junior 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.

Ainsley Hutchison, Undergraduate 

Ainsley is a freshman studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Boston University. She joined the Lowery Lab in the spring of 2021 in order to gain a deeper understanding of cell biology and genetics. Ainsley is from Boulder, Colorado, and she enjoys cooking and crafting. She also spends a lot of time with friends and her roommate in her free time. After graduation, Ainsley hopes to attend medical school.

Joe Ebbert, Undergraduate 

Joe is a junior studying biochemistry at Boston College, with particular interests in cell biology, physiology, and organic chemistry. He joined the Lowery Lab in the summer of 2021 to explore his interests in cell biology as well as gain research experience and lab skills. Joe likes to spend his free time outdoors, whether that be running, biking, hiking, or playing various sports with friends. After graduation, Joe plans on committing himself to research while exploring the opportunities of graduate or medical school.

Rashed Alananzeh, Former Undergraduate 

Rashed graduated with a BS in Biology (specialization in cellular, molecular, and genetics) and computer science from 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. In addition to volunteering in the lab, Rashed is in the process of applying for medical school.

Bengisu Gur, Visiting Scholar

Bengisu is studying medicine at Istanbul University. She joined the Lowery Lab in Summer 2021 in order to gain research experience and lab skills. Bengisu loves traveling, exploring new restaurants and new cuisines. She also enjoys doing pilates, playing the piano and reading. In addition, she is an editor at the Turkish Medical Students Journal (TMSJ). After getting her MD degree, Bengisu hopes to contribute to medicine both in clinical and research fields.