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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.


Date Range
2013 2018


Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of liver cancer and has been shown to have genetic factors that contribute to cancer susceptibility. These genetic factors can be studied using Genome-Wide association studies (GWAS), which allow for the assessment of associations between specific biologic markers. Through GWAS, associations can be analyzed to identify genetic components that contribute to the onset of HCC. This study uses an extended version of Pathways of Distinction analysis (PoDA) to identify the subset of SNPs within the Antigen Presentation and Processing Pathway that distinguish cases from controls. Further analysis was performed to explore SNP-SNP ...

Contributors
Aghili, Ardesher Joshua, Buetow, Kenneth, Wilson Sayres, Melissa, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Rhesus (Macaca mulatta) and cynomolgus (M. fascicularis) macaques are the most commonly used nonhuman primate models in biomedical research. It is therefore critical to correctly infer each study animal’s ABO blood group phenotype to prevent fatal transfusion- and transplantation-induced immune responses. While most macaques can be efficiently and accurately phenotyped using a DNA-based assay, we have identified some animals that are unable to be classified as type A, B, or AB and therefore exhibit an indeterminate phenotype. The purpose of this study was to develop a protocol for resolving indeterminate blood group phenotypes and consequently determine if these animals do ...

Contributors
Vizor, Choice Popsira, Kanthaswamy, Sreetharan, Oldt, Robert, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

With the rising data output and falling costs of Next Generation Sequencing technologies, research into data compression is crucial to maintaining storage efficiency and costs. High throughput sequencers such as the HiSeqX Ten can produce up to 1.8 terabases of data per run, and such large storage demands are even more important to consider for institutions that rely on their own servers rather than large data centers (cloud storage)1. Compression algorithms aim to reduce the amount of space taken up by large genomic datasets by encoding the most frequently occurring symbols with the shortest bit codewords and by changing the ...

Contributors
Howell, Abigail, Cartwright, Reed, Wilson Sayres, Melissa, et al.
Created Date
2018-04-14

The advent of big data analytics tools and frameworks has allowed for a plethora of new approaches to research and analysis, making data sets that were previously too large or complex more accessible and providing methods to collect, store, and investigate non-traditional data. These tools are starting to be applied in more creative ways, and are being used to improve upon traditional computation methods through distributed computing. Statistical analysis of expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) data has classically been performed using the open source tool PLINK - which runs on high performance computing (HPC) systems. However, progress has been made ...

Contributors
Randall, Jacob Christopher, Buetow, Kenneth, Meuth, Ryan, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked recessive disease characterized by progressive muscle loss and weakness. This disease arises from a mutation that occurs on a gene that encodes for dystrophin, which results in observable muscle death and inflammation; however, the genetic changes that result from dystrophin’s dysfunctionality remain unknown. Current DMD research uses mdx mice as a model, and while very useful, does not allow the study of cell-autonomous transcriptome changes during the progression of DMD due to the strong inflammatory response, perhaps hiding important therapeutic targets. C. elegans, which has a very weak inflammatory response compared to mdx ...

Contributors
Nguyen, Thuy-Duyen Cao, Mangone, Marco, Newbern, Jason, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Virtually all animals require relatively predictable developmental schedules in order to fulfill the cycle of life. Cell death and severe inflammation alter steroid hormone production and can disrupt the timing of developmental transitions such as puberty. In the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, injury to wing precursor tissues has been shown to result in decreased steroid hormone levels and delay development. The effects of damage to other tissues have not yet been explored. Here, the larval salivary glands were damaged in order to observe how injuring these specific tissues affect the timing of developmental transitions. Damage was induced by tissue-specific, temperature ...

Contributors
Rippere, Alicia Leann, Hackney, Jennifer, Marshall, Pamela, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

This paper explores the ability to predict yields of soybeans based on genetics and environmental factors. Based on the biology of soybeans, it has been shown that yields are best when soybeans grow within a certain temperature range. The event a soybean is exposed to temperature outside their accepted range is labeled as an instance of stress. Currently, there are few models that use genetic information to predict how crops may respond to stress. Using data provided by an agricultural business, a model was developed that can categorically label soybean varieties by their yield response to stress using genetic data. ...

Contributors
Dean, Arlen, Ozcan, Ozkan Meric, Travis, Daniel Stuart, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Alternative polyadenylation (APA) is the biological mechanism in which the same gene can have multiple 3’untranslated region (3’UTR) isoforms due to the presence of multiple polyadenylation signal (PAS) elements within the pre mRNAs. Because APA produces mRNA transcripts that have different 3’UTR isoforms, certain transcripts may be subject to post-transcriptional regulation by regulatory non-coding RNAs, such as microRNAs or RNA binding proteins defects of which have been implicated in diseases such as cancer. Despite the increasing level of information, functional understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in transcription is still poorly understood, nor is it clear why APA is necessary ...

Contributors
Wilky, Henry Patrick, Mangone, Marco, Newbern, Jason, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

MPV17-related hepatocerebral mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, previously known as Navajo Neurohepatopathy (NNH), is a rare genetic disease affecting Navajo children of the American Southwest. These children can suffer from several severe symptoms like brain damage and liver disease, and a diagnosis leads to death by age 10, on average. The only known effective therapy for NNH is a liver transplant. Currently, the disease is diagnosed through a lengthy and expensive process of gene sequencing, but oftentimes patients with the most severe forms of NNH deteriorate quickly; thus a rapid diagnostic would be beneficial to beginning the transplant process as early ...

Contributors
Thompson, Emily Rose, Caplan, Michael, Carpentieri, David, et al.
Created Date
2016-05
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Savarese, Erica, Robert, Jason, Hurlbut, Ben, et al.
Created Date
2013-05