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PAR Reza RAZZAGHI To my parents & my sister with all my love… v This work would not have been completed without the help and support of many kind people around me, to only some of whom it is possible to give particular mention here. First and foremost, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my thesis directors, Prof. Mario Paolone and Prof. Farhad(More)
BACKGROUND Pancreatic fistula remains the primary source of morbidity following distal pancreatectomy. Previous studies have reported specific methods of parenchymal transection/stump sealing in an effort to decrease the pancreatic fistula rate with highly variable results. The aim of this study was to determine postoperative outcomes following various(More)
Citizen science games such as Galaxy Zoo, Foldit, and Phylo aim to harness the intelligence and processing power generated by crowds of online gamers to solve scientific problems. However, the selection of the data to be analyzed through these games is under the exclusive control of the game designers, and so are the results produced by gamers. Here, we(More)
BACKGROUND This study describes a bioinformatics approach designed to identify Plasmodium vivax proteins potentially involved in reticulocyte invasion. Specifically, different protein training sets were built and tuned based on different biological parameters, such as experimental evidence of secretion and/or involvement in invasion-related processes. A(More)
The problem of finding the Constrained Longest Common Subsequence (CLCS) for three sequences is a problem with many applications. In this paper a novel algorithm to compute the CLCS is proposed. The most important features of the proposed algorithm are: i) This algorithm is able to find a set of possible CLCS solutions instead of simply returning the length(More)
who joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor in August 2008. Becerra earned his Ph.D. at Arizona State University specializing in social policy. Becerra comes to the School with a rich background, initially teaching history to California high school students and eventually directing clinical services offered to children, adolescents, and families in(More)