Dominique Weathers, Senior at FairField University, in Fairfield, Connecticut, has been invited to make a poster presentation at the Tenth Annual New England Science Symposium on Friday, April l, 2011 at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
A medical school aspirant, Weathers first presented her research at the 10th Annual Poster Session of Sigma XI, The Scientific Research Society at FairField University’s Chapter, on April 29, 2010.
Her Topic of Research: “Phenotypic analysis of nuclear envelope mutants in C.elegans,” was extensive and Anita Fernandez, Ph.D., acted as her sponsor/advisor.
Weathers’ abstract theorizes: There are many diseases that affect human beings, which are caused by the malfunctioning of the nuclear envelope, such disease include Progeria, Werner Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy and others. These diseases can lead to many different physical side effects within humans, including premature aging, and skeletal and cardiac muscle problems.
The nematode worm C.elegans is an outstanding model organism for studying gene function because it is a small, easy-to-manipulate animal with a rapid life cycle and a short life span.
Weathers’ research found non-lethal mutants in five genes encoding different components of the nuclear envelope. She studied these mutants to determine whether disruptions in genes that encode components of the nuclear envelope can give off the same physical defects observed in human patients with nuclear envelope defects.
The physical variables included life span, the number of progeny produced, and their locomotion efficiency. The research study was performed from September 2009 to April 2010.
Weathers is the daughter of Ms. Arlisa Mchenry; and she is a four-year recipient of the Dr. Terence N. Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc. where 98% of the scholars graduate with honors and 85% continue to post graduate studies and degrees.
Weathers and twelve other honor students will again be awarded $2500 each at the newspaper’s 35th Anniversary Gala that held on August 6, 2011 at the Italian Conference Center.