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Epigenetic adaptation to environment in long lives trees

Oak represents a valuable natural resource across Northern Hemisphere ecosystems, attracting a large research community studying its genetics, ecology, conservation, and management. Here we introduce a draft genome assembly of valley oak (Quercus lobata) using Illumina, PacBio and Dovetail sequencing of adult leaf tissue of a tree found in an accessible, well-studied, natural southern California

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Dr. Elizabeth King recently awarded National Science Foundation grant

Drs. Troy Zars and Elizabeth King, in the Division of Biological Sciences, were recently awarded a $462,900 National Science Foundation grant!  This grant will be providing funding for a project which will focus on how genes underlie variation in learning and memory performance in fruit flies. Additionally, this grant will support an outreach program called

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A Blockchain Platform for Healthcare

Although Blockchain is much more investigated within the financial sector, it is gradually edging into other industries such as healthcare. Blockchain provides a trust mechanism in a cyber-system. Various last mile issues left to be resolved for establishing an end to end trust cyber physical system. This talk will discuss various aspects of blockchain last

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J. Chris Pires Celebrated for Research Contributions

J. Chris Pires , a Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences, was selected for the 2017 Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity. The award is given once a year to a professor who has made outstanding contributions in research and has great promise for achieving wider recognition. It is one of the highest

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Shi-Jie Chen receives his second concurrent NIH R01 award.

Shi-Jie Chen recieved an NIH R01 award entitled: “New computational tools for predicting ion effects in RNR structures” for four years with approximately $1.2M budget. The grant is to develop new algorithm, database, software and web server for metal ion binding to nucleic acids especially RNA molecures. The bioinformatics grant was reviewed in the Biodata

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MUII Dissertation Defense-Awatef Ben Ramadan

Steps in Transforming the Missouri Cancer Registry (MCR) from an Incidence Registry to a Survival Registry   Female Breast cancer (FBC) is the most common invasive cancer among women of all races and ethnicities in the United States (US). We aimed to estimate FBC burden in Missouri in terms of FBC incidence, mortality and survival

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MUII Dissertation Defense-Lynsey Whitacre

Alternative Applications of Whole Genome De Novo Assembly in Animal Genomics   Improvements in whole genome sequencing technologies have allowed substantial increases in the amount of data that can be generated on a single individual. This has facilitated many de novo genome assembly projects in the animal sciences. The overarching goal of de novo assembly is

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MUII Dissertation Defense- Rhonda Archie

Information Technology (IT) Interconnectivity in a Rural Health Setting: A Conceptual Model   Current and past developments in Health (HIT) systems in rural settings have focused on the use of electronic health records by health professionals. These systems were conducted in standalone mode, or coupled with the integration of HIT systems of two or more

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MUII Comprehensive Exam- Saad Khan

Comparison of histone modifications across species A cell’s identity is determined by distinct sets of genes that are expressed at a given point of time. An important factor in determining which set of genes are expressed is the cells epigenome. Epigenomes are known to play an important role across all eukaryotic species in gene regulation,

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White Mothers’ Willingness to Share Personal Health Data: Survey Results and Future Research Implication

The objective of this research is to understand white mothers’ willingness to share their personal health data (PHD). Studies have shown that participants are willing to share their data when there is a benefit to do so, and when their data are kept private and secure. We recruited a representative sample of white mothers with

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