This project investigated the effect of hypothermia on the monocyte response with the goal of understanding, which intracellular processes are affected by hypothermia leading to differences in cytokine secretion. A better understanding of the...
Prostate--Cancer--Diagnosis; Chemical detectors; Biosensors
Prostate cancer is the most common type diagnosed among men in the United States.
Random oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN) libraries are used to generate DNA aptamers by
systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment (SELEX). We explored...
Anxiety in adolescence; Parent and teenager; Parenting
This dissertation examined the prediction of anxiety symptoms over time during
developmentally significant periods - the transition to middle school (12 years old) and
the transition to high school (15 years old). Specifically, relationships...
English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers; Reading; Second language acquisition
Teaching reading in the mainstream classroom is a challenge. This challenge is
compounded when trying to meet the needs of English language learners. Recently,
Response to Intervention (RTI) has been suggested as a framework for classroom
Jin, Ha, 1956-; Masculinity in literature; Chinese literature--20th century; Sex (Psychology) in literature
This dissertation consists of readings of three selected novels by Ha
Jin-Waiting, The Crazed, and A Free Life. These novels cover three historical
periods of Contemporary China under the rule of the Communist Party in
sequence-the Mao's era...
Blood flow--Measurement; Magnetic resonance imaging
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a progressive atherosclerotic disorder which
is defined as any pathologic process obstructing the blood flow of the arteries supplying
the lower extremities. Moderate stenoses mayor may not be...
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a fibrotic lung disease with poor prognosis.
To address this disease broadly, the candidate engaged in clinical work, literature
analysis, database analysis, and laboratory work. The clinical work culminated...
Hyaluronan (HA) is a major structural component of the ocular vitreous humor
(VH) and lipids are essential building blocks of cell membranes. However, little is known
about their possible interactions. The VH is known to undergo liquefaction...
Chronic periodontitis is strongly associated with composition of the oral biofilm
occupying the gingival crevicular aspect of the tooth and its associated root. Some gram-negative,
"red complex" bacteria instigate periodontal bone loss in...
Hypertension--Genetic aspects; Coronary heart disease--Genetic aspects; African Americans--Health and hygiene
Cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension, are the leading causes of death in
the United States. African-Americans carry the highest burden of disease with 32% of
adults with hypertension. Blood pressure (BP) dipping, defined as a drop of>...
RNA--Analysis; Probability measures; Genetics--Research--Methodology
The present experimental designs have unique challenges in the analysis of microRNA
expression intensity levels. In this project, various Normalization techniques were
discussed with different statistical techniques and their application in an...
Dentist and patient; Dentists--Training of; Dentistry--Practice; Orthodontics, Corrective
Competition for orthodontic patients is at an all time high. Ways to differentially market an orthodontic practice are essential in attracting patients. It is hypothesized that the patients don't understand the extra training that an orthodontist...
Urbanization disrupts natural soil profiles and as watersheds are
urbanized, their surfaces become impervious and this will result in
reduction of infiltration. For this reason, many cities are facing problems
with treating runoff water. Best...
Child maltreatment touches almost 700,000 children annually. The effects
of child maltreatment range from micro-level consequences, such as behavior
problems and mental health issues, to mezzo-level consequences, such as
Current high-throughput gene expression experiments have a straightforward design of examining
the gene expression of one group or condition relative to that of another. The data is typically
analyzed as if they represent strictly intracellular...
Star Wars films--History and criticism; Myth in motion pictures; Lucas, George, 1944-
The Star Wars franchise is one of the most successful film series of all time. The original three
movies, along with the more recent three prequels, serve as the foundation to a vast empire of
Star Wars television shows, action figures, comic...
Three main theorems due to Fenichel are fundamental tools in the exploration
of geometric singular perturbation theory. This expository paper attempts
to provide an introduction to the concepts stated in Fenichel's theorems and provide
Introduction: Although orthodontics can correct a variety of dental and skeletal
malocclusions, research has shown an increased risk of enamel demineralization leading
to white spot lesions (WSLs). The purpose of this study was to compare the...
Introduction: African Americans are disproportionally diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes,
and have been observed to have poor self-management, which increases risk of
complications. Social influences are commonly associated with...
Sleep disorders in children; Children--Sleep; Blind children
Research has confirmed that individuals with blindness have an increased risk of
developing sleep problems; this is especially problematic for families with young
children who are blind. Not only does the lack of sleep impact the growth...