MS Defense by Piyush Ranjan

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    • Friday April 20, 2018 - Saturday April 21, 2018
      1:30 pm - 2:59 pm
  • Location: Cherry Emerson Building (CE), Room 322
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Summary Sentence: Applied Bioinformatics for exploring diversity patterns in Meta-omic data”

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In partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of


Master of Science in Biology

in the

School of Biological Sciences


Piyush Ranjan


Will defend his thesis


“Applied Bioinformatics for exploring diversity patterns in Meta-omic data”


Friday, April 20th, 2018

1:30 PM

Cherry Emerson Building (CE), Room 322



Thesis Advisor

Dr. Frank Stewart

School of Biological Sciences

Georgia Institute of Technology



Committee Members

Dr. Jung Choi (Biological Sciences)

Dr. Jennifer Glass (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)




This thesis explores the utility of applied bioinformatic approaches to better understand sequence space and phylogenetic diversity in clinical and environmental datasets. In three chapters, the thesis describes how applied bioinformatic techniques can be used to 1) identify and quantify sequence variation in off-target activity by CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease using high throughput targeted gene amplicon sequencing; 2) identify and quantify the abundance of bacterial defense systems, CRISPRs, in natural microbial communities living in marine oxygen minimum zones using high-throughput metagenome sequencing and 3) investigate phylogenetic variation in an underexplored phylum level class of bacteria, Atribacteria, that live in high concentrations in marine methane hydrates again using high-throughput metagenome sequencing.


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