Jonathan Lowery, Ph.D.
Jonathan Lowery, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of physiology at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He earned a B.S. in biology with minors in chemistry and biblical studies from Freed-Hardeman University and a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) under the mentorship of Dr. Mark de Caestecker. He then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in developmental biology in the lab of Dr. Vicki Rosen at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM).
Dr. Lowery is a lifetime teacher, having pursued teaching positions during each stage of his training. He has held adjunct professorships at Lipscomb University and Columbia State Community College, teaching fellowships at Vanderbilt University and Harvard University, and has guest lectured at multiple institutions including the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Most recently, he directed and lectured in the advanced graduate education course on bone/joint development and disease at HSDM.
Dr. Lowery’s research interests center on the cell-to-cell communication pathways underlying human physiology with an eye toward developing translational modalities. His particular expertise is in the BMP and Activin/TGF-beta signaling pathways, which are essential to human development and health and are dys-regulated in numerous diseases. During his PhD work, he showed for the first time that BMP signaling plays a direct role in the regulation of pulmonary microvascular tone. And, during his postdoc, he described how competition between BMP and related pathways regulates postnatal bone mass. Current projects in his lab use cell biology, biochemistry, and mouse genetics approaches to examine the mechanics of the BMP pathway in several physiological contexts, such as bone, skeletal muscle, and the vasculature. Additionally, in collaboration with Dr. Rosen at HSDM, he is engineering a novel set of tools which will allow investigators to directly determine the relative balance of two signaling pathways and equate this to cellular behavior in vivo, which is impossible to do at present. More detailed information about his research is available on his lab’s website (https://sites.google.com/site/jlowerylab).
Dr. Lowery is a member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), the American Society for Cell Biology, and the American Physiological Society (APS). He is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research, such as Harvard University’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, an honorary fellowship to the Endocrine Fellows Foundation/ASBMR Forum on Metabolic Bone Diseases, the HSDM Dean’s Scholar Award, and the ASBMR President’s Research Poster Award.
Dr. Lowery is also active in science outreach, having served as a high school science fair judge, a mentor for students in the Research Science Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an ambassador for APS’s Physiology Understanding Week at his high school alma mater. He is a Christian and a lay pastor, married and a new father, a dog person, and enjoys hiking, canoeing, discovering new music, and dancing – both he and his wife were once backup dancers in an Alan Jackson music video.