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Achyuthan Vasanth
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MS, Spring 2012

Home Dept: Computer Science

MS Dissertation title: MetViz: an online visualization tool for regulons, genes and gene ontology

MS Advisor(s): Eve Wurtele

Area of MS research: MetViz is an interactive web-based tool that uses novel visualization techniques to represent regulons, genes and the gene ontology hierarchy. The tool provides easier accessibility by making it available as a website requiring no download. MetViz allows users to search for Gene Ontology terms, Regulons or Genes of interest and obtain information regarding them. It helps in understanding the relationship between Gene Ontology Terms and Regulons, Genes and Regulons & Gene Ontology terms and Genes. It provides vital statistics like the genes present in a particular regulon, their count, evidence data, the pearson correlation matrix between the probes associated with genes, shortest path between regulons to show how closely they are related etcetera. It also helps classify regulons based on different quantitative properties like intra-regulon density, degree of regulons and the number of genes present in them. MetViz also enables integration with other softwares such as MetaOmGraph. It currently works for three species - Arabidopsis Thaliana, Homo-sapiens and Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Employment upon graduating:
Software developer
Madison, WI

Current activity: Write and debug code, create design documents, discuss requirements with customers

What HCI classes were invaluable to my success?
Computational perception

Favorite graduate school memory: Computational perception poster presentation

HCI issues that interest me: Mobile application user interface design

A website recommend, and why:
For ALL the basics

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