Laura Anne Lowery, PhD 
Principal Investigator 

Laura Anne 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 Anne 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 Anne 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, and she moved to Boston University Medical Center as an Associate Professor in 2020.  Contact her at lalowery at

Laura's CV (current as of Jan 2020)

Garrett Cammarata
PhD student 

Garrett grew up right outside of Boston, MA. He received his B.S. in Biology at Providence College, Rhode Island in 2014, where he spent his undergraduate career researching cancer signaling pathways in melanoma and ovarian cancer. Next, he joined the Biology Department at Boston College in the Fall of 2014, where he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. Furthering his love for cellular biology and microscopy, Garrett joined the Lowery Lab, where he is studying the role microtubules play in developing neurons.
cammarag at

Micaela Lasser
PhD student 

Micaela is originally from the great mitten state of Michigan, and received her BS in psychology at Michigan State University (Go Green!). As an undergraduate, she became interested in neuroscience and worked in Dr. Alex Johnson's lab studying addiction and feeding behaviors. She then packed up and moved to the cheesesteak city of Philadelphia to get her masters degree in Biotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania. There, she worked in Dr. Kelly Jordan-Sciutto's lab studying HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. Finally, she packed up again and moved to Boston where she joined BC's Biology graduate program in the Fall of 2016. 

Funding for this research has been provided by the NIH, 
the American Cancer Society, and the National Science Foundation.