The heterochronic gene lin-14 affects certain somatic cell-fate choices during post-embryonic development in C. elegans. In lin-14 mutants, cells express stage-specific developmental programs, such as cell divisions or dauer entry, at inappropriate...
Steep terrain produces a topographic effect in digital satellite data that can make it difficult to distinguish changes in vegetation species or health from changes in illumination geometry. A multiple linear regression analysis of direct solar...
The HIV-1 Tat protein is a widely studied paradigm for regulation of elongation of RNAP II. In the absence of Tat, the majority of polymerases that initiate transcription from the HIV promoter appear to pause or dissociate from the DNA rapidly as a...
A mobile agent is an autonomous program that can migrate under its own control from machine to machine in a heterogeneous network. In other words, the program can suspend its execution at an arbitrary point, transport itself to another machine, and...
Free electron lasers -- Experiments. ; Resonators -- Experiments.
A Smith-Purcell Free Electron Laser test-facility has been developed. The structure is used to conduct detailed explorations that novel resonator designs will have on tunability, start current and other performance criteria. Emphasis is on sources...
NIMA-related kinases (Neks) control several aspects of cell division downstream of master mitotic regulators such as Cdk1 and Plk1. Though depletion of Nek6, Nek7, or Nek9 results in cytokinesis failure, to date no molecular mechanism has been...
Polynomials. Finite fields (Algebra). Algebraic functions. Number theory.
The ring of univariate polynomials over a finite field shares many foundational arithmetic properties with the ring of rational integers. This similarity makes it possible for many problems in elementary number theory to be translated 'through the...
We begin with a presentation of the current state of Poljak and Turzik's conjecture that a matroid is sticky if and only if it is modular as described in [5] and [1]. We show that all graphic, cographic, and regular matroids must satisfy the...
Visual pigments. ; Cellular signal transduction. ; Rhodopsin. ; G proteins. ; Phosphorylation. ; Photoreceptors. ; Retinal degeneration.
Arrestins are regulatory proteins that participate in the termination of G protein-mediated signal transduction. The major arrestin in the Drosophila visual system, Arrestin 2 (Arr2), has been demonstrated to be essential for the termination of the...
This thesis investigates a notion of Turing reducibility introduced by Winkler [8] that is total on all computably enumerable oracles. Groszek and Weber show in [7] that this is a new notion of reducibility and it is not transitive. They give su...
Phase transitions occur in such diverse and important systems as ferromagnets, liquid crystals and the early Universe. The dynamics of phase transitions such as these have been studied for decades, but the analytical models still need a great deal...
There is a renewed interest in the study of the radiation belts with the recent launch of the Van Allen Probes satellites. The mechanisms that drive the global response of the radiation belts to geomagnetic storms are not yet well understood....
The study of twin primes gives rise to several famously difficult problems in number theory--in fact, we still cannot definitively say whether there are infinitely many twin primes. In this work, we consider a related problem, namely: What is the...
In the late 1960s, Ihara began work that led to the Ihara zeta function, a zeta function which is defined on a finite graph. This function is an interesting graph invariant which gives information on expansion properties of the graph. It also...
Breast -- Cancer -- Tomography. ; Breast -- Cancer -- Imaging. ; Breast -- Cancer -- Diagnosis. ; Near infrared reflectance spectroscopy. ; Image processing -- Digital techniques.
Near-infrared (NIR) light has the potential to be used as a non-invasive means of diagnostic imaging within the human breast. Due to the diffusive nature of light in tissue, computational model-based methods are required for functional imaging...
Sea ice appears to form an impenetrable boundary at the ocean-atmosphere interface in polar regions, yet in fact its porous structure provides critical pathways for the exchange of heat, gases, salts, and other chemical species impacting the global...
Three-dimensional imaging in medicine -- Mathematical models. Intraoperative monitoring. Cerebral cortex -- Imaging. Computer vision. Space perception.
Brain deformation models have proven to be a powerful tool in compensating for soft tissue deformation during image-guided neurosurgery. The accuracy of these models can be improved by incorporating intraoperative measurements of brain motion. We...
Constructibility (Set theory). Trees (Graph theory).
This thesis investigates possible initial segments of the degrees of constructibility. Specifically, we completely characterize the structure of degrees in generic extensions of the constructible universe L via forcing with Souslin trees. Then we...