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Fantasies of Reason: Science, Superstition, and the Supernatural in Iran
This dissertation examines uncertainties about the supernatural among members of the urban middle class in Tehran, Iran. In particular, I attend to the ways in which the category of the supernatural (mavara) has become, ...
Church over Nation: Christian Missionaries and Korean Christians in Colonial Korea
This dissertation examines the interrelationships between the foreign Missions and the Korean Church in colonial Korea. In contrast to previous scholarship that assumes a necessary link between the Korean Church and Korean ...
The Evolution of Drug Resistant Mycobacterium Tuberculosis
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) poses a global health catastrophe that has been compounded by the emergence of highly drug resistant Mtb strains. We used whole genome sequencing (WGS) to directly compare the accumulation ...
Exploring the Plasticity of Cellular Fate Using Defined-Factor Reprogramming
Cellular fate, once established, is usually stable for the lifetime of the cell. However, the mechanisms that restrict the developmental potential of differentiated cells are in principle reversible, as demonstrated by the ...
Quantum Dots in Gated Nanowires and Nanotubes
This thesis describes experiments on quantum dots made by locally gating one-dimensional quantum wires. The first experiment studies a double quantum dot device formed in a Ge/Si core/shell nanowire. In addition to measuring ...
The ABC's of Cell Division: Regulation of Peptidoglycan Amidase Activity during Cytokinesis in Escherichia coli
The bacterial cell wall, composed of peptidoglycan (PG), is an essential component of the cell envelope. This macromolecular structure fortifies the cell membrane, determines cell shape, and helps prevent osmotic lysis. ...
Structural Analysis of the CDK-Cyclin Complex of Pho85-Pho80 and Genome-Wide Characterization of the Phosphate Starvation Response in Schizosaccharomyces pombe
Inorganic phosphate is an essential nutrient required by all organisms for optimal growth. During phosphate starvation, Saccharomyces cerevisiae induces a set of genes responsible for the regulation of inorganic phosphate ...
Essays in Development and Labor Economics
The Discovery and Characterization of NAD-Linked RNA
Over the past few decades, RNA has emerged as much more than just an intermediary in biology’s central dogma. RNA is now known to play a variety of catalytic, regulatory and defensive roles in living systems as demonstrated ...
Problems at the Nexus of Geometry and Soft Matter: Rings, Ribbons and Shells
There has been an increasing appreciation of the role in which elasticity plays in soft matter. The understanding of many shapes and conformations of complex systems during equilibrium or non-equilibrium processes, ranging ...