Abstract

Ovarian cancer is a complex disease that involves gene regulatory dysfunction and that requires a systemic viewpoint to fully understand. Applying executable biology to ovarian cancer research and leveraging documented regulatory protein interactions, one can efficiently inform the prediction of characteristic gene-product activation using a logical model checking approach. Using this innovative approach to reducing terms and satisfying constraints, this thesis presents a strategy for applying regulatory systems biology to cancer research. By viewing ovarian cancer pathways like an electrical circuit, and constructing a pathway model with natural language processing tools, gene product expression patterns that have not been explained by traditional wet-bench biology are able to be predicted in silico. This research yields seven gene products whose perturbation is predicted to be sufficient to induce the epithelial-mesenchymal transition of ovarian cancer.

Publication Date

4-4-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Bioinformatics (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences (COS)

Advisor

Gary R. Skuse

Advisor/Committee Member

Gordon Broderick

Advisor/Committee Member

Matthew Morris

Comments

This thesis has been embargoed. The full-text will be available on or around 10/30/2019.

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

Available for download on Sunday, October 27, 2019

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