Jonathan Lowery
Associate Professor of Physiology
Assistant Provost for Research and Scholarship

(317) 955-6621
Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, Room 317E


Jonathan Lowery, Ph.D., is an associate professor of physiology at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine where he also serves as Chief Advisor for Research Opportunity Development. He earned a B.S. in biology with minors in chemistry and biblical studies (magna cum laude) from Freed-Hardeman University and a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM). He then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in developmental biology at Harvard University. His research has resulted in the publication of more than fifty articles or abstracts, reviews, editorials and book chapters.

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. Prior to joining the MU-COM faculty, he directed and lectured in the advanced graduate education course on bone/joint development and disease at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Lowery presently teaches topics related to musculoskeletal physiology and molecular endocrinology.

Dr. Lowery is a member of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) where he serves as co-chair of the Membership Engagement Committee, Young Investigator Subcommittee, the Indiana Academy of Science, and the Indiana Chapter of 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, the ASBMR President's Research Poster Award, and the MU-COM Dean's Commendation for exceptional service to the college. He also served as Lead Guest Editor for a special issue of Stem Cells International on strategies to modulate stem cell behavior.

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, married and a new father, a dog person, and enjoys hiking, canoeing, discovering new music, exploring local craft breweries, and dancing—both he and his wife were once backup dancers in an Alan Jackson music video.

Research Interests

Dr. Lowery's research interests center on the cell-to-cell communication pathways underlying human musculoskeletal 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. His Ph.D. work showed for the first time that BMP signaling plays a direct role in the regulation of microvascular tone. And, his postdoctoral studies described how competition between BMP and related pathways regulates postnatal bone mass. His research has resulted in the publication of more than fifty articles or abstracts, reviews, editorials and book chapters.

Current projects in Dr. Lowery's lab use cell biology, biochemistry, and mouse genetics approaches to examine the underlying mechanics of age-related changes in the musculoskeletal system. His research group actively collaborates with investigators in Indiana and beyond. More detailed information about ongoing projects is available on his lab's website ( Student initiated project ideas in the broad area of cellular physiology, signal transduction, and cell biology are also welcome.

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