MARQUETTE – Heather Flynn and Kimberly Stockero, graduates of Northern Michigan University’s diagnostic genetics program, will present their research at 10:15 a.m. Friday, April 16, in the Mead Auditorium in the West Science Building at NMU.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The presentation is part of the NMU clinical laboratory science (CLS) departmentÂ’s celebration of National Medical Laboratory Week, April 18-25.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Flynn is a probe development technologist at the Mayo Clinic. She will present “Microduplication of 22q11.2 in Ten Patients – Cytogenetic and Molecular Cytogenetic Investigations.” Stockero is a clinical FISH technologist and will present “Familial 22q11.2 Deletions are Predominately Smaller than 3 Mb size.”

Their research stems from the 2002 discovery by Mayo cytogeneticists of a new congenital disorder called the “22q11.2 microduplication syndrome.” The consequences of the syndrome range from mild learning disabilities to severe congenital malformations leading to early death.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  “WeÂ’re very proud to be able to showcase two of our graduates and their research as part of NMUÂ’s observation of National Medical Laboratory Week,” said Lucille Contois, director of NorthernÂ’s CLS department.  “Their work demonstrates the tremendous opportunities in this career field.”

The public is invited to attend the presentation free of charge.

NOTE:  FISH stands for flourescent in situ (in position) hybridization.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman