Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center


Lowry, William, Ph.D.


Elucidating the mechanisms of cell fate determination


  • Associate Professor, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Member, Cell & Developmental Biology GPB Home Area Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research Gene Regulation GPB Home Area JCCC Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Program Area Neuroscience GPB Home Area


Elucidating the mechanisms of cell fate determination Mammals have evolved a myriad of methods by which diverse tissues are specified, develop, and then are maintained by stem cells. Our lab is focused on the transcriptional mechanisms that underlie each of these processes to not only understand development, but also cancer, where these processes go awry.


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  2. Galvan, C, Lowry, WE. Yo-yoing stem cells defy dogma to maintain hair colour. Nature. 2023;616 (7958):666-667. doi: 10.1038/d41586-023-00918-0. PubMed PMID:37076710 .
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  4. Mitroi, DN, Tian, M, Kawaguchi, R, Lowry, WE, Carmichael, ST. Single-nucleus transcriptome analysis reveals disease- and regeneration-associated endothelial cells in white matter vascular dementia. J Cell Mol Med. 2022;26 (11):3183-3195. doi: 10.1111/jcmm.17315. PubMed PMID:35543222 PubMed Central PMC9170821.
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