Dr. John U. Free Seminar Series March 15 Lecture: Dr. Sultan Jenkins
Published: 2013-02-24

The Physics and Engineering Department is proud to sponsor this very highly anticipated seminar series. This series encourages collaboration and information sharing between departments and promotes an atmosphere that supports undergraduate research.

The Spring 2013 John U. Free Physics and Engineering Seminar Series will be held on Friday afternoons from 3:45-4:50pm in Shrader Lecture Hall. Presentations are open to all faculty, students, and alumni.

The March 15th  presentation will be by Dr. Sultan Jenkins. Dr. Jenkins is a professor in the Biology Department at Eastern Nazarene College. 

The topic of his talk is "C. Elegans as a Model for Obesity Research"

"Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) is a small nematode that conserves 65% of the genes associated with human disease, has a 21-day lifespan, reproductive cycles of 3 days, large brood sizes, lives in an agar dish and does not require committee approvals for experimentation. Research using C. elegans is encouraged and a Caenorhabditis Genetics Center (CGC, Minnesota) is funded by the National Institutes of Health-National Center for Research Resources. Many genetically manipulated strains of C. elegans are available at nominal cost from the CGC. Studies using the C. elegans model have explored insulin signaling, response to dietary glucose, the influence of serotonin on obesity, satiety, feeding and hypoxia-associated illnesses. C. elegans has also been used as a model to evaluate potential obesity therapeutics, explore the mechanisms behind single gene mutations related to obesity and to define the mechanistic details of fat metabolism. Obesity now affects a third of the US population and is becoming a progressively more expensive public health problem. Faster and less expensive methods to reach more effective treatments are clearly needed. We present this review hoping to stimulate interest in using the C. elegans model as a vehicle to advance the understanding and future treatment of obesity."



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