Rice University makes its graduate theses and dissertations available online at no cost to end users. These electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) cover the period from 1918, when the first dissertation was issued to H. E. Bray, through the most recently processed graduating year. Occasionally a thesis or dissertation may be be missing from the repository. If you are unable to find a specific dissertation, please let us know and we will attempt to make it available through the repository, provided that the author has not elected for it to be embargoed.

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  • A comprehensive overview of triterpene biosynthesis in tomato through genomics and metabolomics 

    Frousnoon, Thasneem Banu (2022-04-25)
    Oxidosqualene cyclases (OSCs) are enzymes that cyclize the substrate 2,3-oxidosqualene into triterpenes, a major group of natural products. This thesis presents the characterization of OSCs in tomato by heterologous expression and the triterpene metabolic profile in each plant part. Detailed OSC product profiles, coupled with phylogenetic analysis, ...
  • Phase transitions in the rheology of biopolymer networks 

    Shivers, Jordan L. (2022-03-14)
    Most biological materials are stabilized internally by disordered networks of long, thin protein assemblies known as biopolymers. These networks occupy a negligible fraction of the space inside cells and tissues, yet are largely responsible for their extraordinary mechanical properties and exceptional resilience against unpredictable physiological ...
  • Phase transitions in the rheology of biopolymer networks 

    Shivers, Jordan L. (2022-03-14)
    Most biological materials are stabilized internally by disordered networks of long, thin protein assemblies known as biopolymers. These networks occupy a negligible fraction of the space inside cells and tissues, yet are largely responsible for their extraordinary mechanical properties and exceptional resilience against unpredictable physiological ...
  • Gold Nanorod Size Prediction from Spectra Assisted by Machine Learning 

    Shiratori, Katsuya (2022-06-07)
    Electron microscopy is often required to correlate the size and shape of plasmonic nanoparticles with their optical properties. Eliminating the need for electron microscopy is one crucial step toward in situ sensing applications, especially for complicated sample conditions such as during irreversible chemical reactions or when particles are embedded ...
  • Gold Nanorod Size Prediction from Spectra Assisted by Machine Learning 

    Shiratori, Katsuya (2022-06-07)
    Electron microscopy is often required to correlate the size and shape of plasmonic nanoparticles with their optical properties. Eliminating the need for electron microscopy is one crucial step toward in situ sensing applications, especially for complicated sample conditions such as during irreversible chemical reactions or when particles are embedded ...
  • Determining Daptomycin Resistance Mechanisms in Enterococcus faecium 

    Prater, Amy G (2019-08-05)
    The ascent of antibiotic resistance poses a serious threat to human health. Left unaddressed, we could enter a “post-antibiotic” era where everyday infections prove fatal. As such, new ways of treating these infections or prolonging current antibiotic efficacy are needed. One method for prolonging antibiotic efficacy is to design “anti-evolution” ...
  • Modeling Disjunctive Constraints via Junction Trees 

    Lyu, Bochuan (2021-12-22)
    In this thesis, we study the independent-branching (IB) framework of disjunctive constraints and identify a class of pairwise IB-representable disjunctive constraints: disjunctive constraints with junction trees. For this class of constraints, the existence of junction trees can be recognized in polynomial time. We also present a polynomial-time ...
  • Affective Haptic Vest for Facilitating Interpersonal Communication 

    Baldwin, Jacar (2021-12-21)
    Touch plays an important role in deepening human connection. The emerging field of Affective Haptics seeks to analyze and design systems capable of processing human emotions through touch. There is an increasing focus on using the sense of touch to assist in communicating information: in entertainment, treatment procedures in social and developmental ...
  • Network Modeling Approaches Leveraging Higher Order Dependence for Complex Biomedical Data 

    Desai, Neel Mehul (2021-12-21)
    In this work I propose three network modeling approaches that estimate and leverage dependence in novel ways across and within networks to enhance the inference of complex modern biomedical data. Specifically, our methods are motivated by the personalized drug discovery problem in precision medicine and by the identification of factors explaining ...
  • Development of New Methods for Easy-to-apply, Multiplexed and Ultrasensitive Nucleic-Acid based Diagnostic Technologies 

    Zhang, Carol (2021-12-09)
    The Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has been one of the most widely used and easily accessible methods in bio-laboratories. It could be used in a fluorescence detection device together with intercalating dyes or fluorophore-labeled probes to achieve real-time quantitation of nucleic acid targets, or it could be involved in the workflow of high- ...
  • Foam Transport in Porous Media: in-Situ Capillary Pressure Measurement and Application to Enhanced Heavy Oil Recovery 

    Vavra, Eric Daniel (2021-12-03)
    Aqueous foam flow in porous media has been the subject of an increasing number of studies in recent years. Foam is a dynamic colloid that can exhibit unintuitive properties when flowing in porous media; thus, foam experiments often produce unclear or conflicting results. With potentially lucrative applications ranging from enhanced oil recovery (EOR) ...
  • "I am Not an Immigrant But I Happen to Live Here": Negotiating Ethnicity Among First-Generation Post-1965 Japanese Migrants in US Immigrant Gateway City 

    Zhang, Xiaorui (2021-12-02)
    The history of Japanese immigration to the United States is a well-established inquiry in Asian American scholarship. However, we know less about the incorporation experiences of contemporary Japanese who migrated to the United States after 1965. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 25 first-generation post-1965 Japanese migrants in Houston, Texas, ...
  • Essays in Empirical Industrial Organization and Financial Economics 

    Amani Hamedani, Mahya (2021-12-02)
    This dissertation is composed of three essays in Empirical Industrial Organization and Financial Economics. The first essay, titled “Non-Compete Agreements in the Investment Advisory Industry,” studies how labor mobility constraints affect competition in the US investment advisory industry. In this industry, advisors play a critical role in the ...
  • Tracing oxygen cycling in the ocean by dissolved oxygen multi-isotopologues 

    Li, Boda (2021-12-03)
    Understanding the distribution and cycling of O2 is one of the core scientific questions in oceanography. The distribution of dissolved oxygen is influenced by physical, biochemical, and abiotic chemical processes. However, determining the relative importance of each mechanism in different environments remains difficult. This thesis utilizes the ...
  • Feature Learning and Bayesian Functional Regression for High-Dimensional Complex Data 

    Zohner, Ye Emma M (2021-12-02)
    In recent years, technological innovations have facilitated the collection of complex, high-dimensional data that pose substantial modeling challenges. Most of the time, these complex objects are strongly characterized by internal structure that makes sparse representations possible. If we can learn a sparse set of features that accurately captures ...
  • Microfluidic tools for studying epithelial tissues under shear flow with vasculature and microstructures 

    Hewes, Sarah (2021-12-01)
    Cells are subject to a wide range of mechanical stimulation and structural elements that affect their function. There is a need for platforms and methods that better model the physiology of complex tissues, such as the small intestine. In this thesis, I present tools for studying cells under laminar shear flow as well as micropatterning techniques ...
  • Effect of Versatile Structural Design on Properties and Applications of Two-Dimensional Conjugated Microporous Polymer Thin Films 

    Miller, Kristen A. (2021-12-03)
    Microporous two-dimensional (2D) polymers have great potential in many applications given their covalent bonding in two dimensions, extended conjugated structures, high surface areas and functional design. However, their widespread implementation in practical application spaces has so far been limited by the lack of facile and scalable processing ...
  • Manifold Approximating Graph Interpolation of Cardiac Local Activation Time 

    Hellar, Jennifer (2021-12-01)
    Local activation time (LAT) mapping of cardiac chambers is vital for targeted treatment of cardiac arrhythmias in catheter ablation procedures. Current methods require many LAT observations for an accurate interpolation of the LAT signal extracted from intracardiac electrograms (EGMs). Additionally, conventional performance metrics do not accurately ...
  • Space--Time Computation of a Ringsail Parachute With Model Thickness 

    Barrios, Dino (2021-12-03)
    The Team for Advanced Flow Simulation and Modeling specializes in computational analysis of geometrically complex parachutes. In earlier computations, the parachutes modeled by our team did not include the fabric thickness in the fluid domain, as doing so would require a large number of elements, which is computationally costly. However, by resolving ...

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