• Ion dependent stability of RNA three-way junction and DNA triple helices 

    Chen, Gengsheng (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    Nucleic acids are critical for regulation of gene expression. Because nucleic acid molecules are highly charged, the folding of nucleic acids involves massive charge build-up. The counterions would neutralize the negative ...
  • Physics-based modeling for RNA folding 

    Xu, Xiaojun, 1979- ([University of Missouri--Columbia], 2014)
    RNA (ribonucleic acid) molecules play a variety of crucial roles in cellular functions at the level of transcription, translation and gene regulation. Many RNAs have also been found to play catalytic and regulatory roles. ...
  • Physics-based predictions of RNA loop stability and structures 

    Liu, Liang, 1981- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    RNA (ribonucleic acid) molecules play a variety of crucial roles in cellular functions at the level of transcription, translation and gene regulation. RNA functions are tied to structures. We aim to develop a novel free ...
  • Statistical thermodynamics for RNA structures with simple tertiary contacts and pseudoknots 

    Kopeikin, Zola, 1960- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2006)
    In this thesis, we develop statistical mechanical models for the folding of simple RNA tertiary structures. The focus is on the calculation of the tertiary structure conformational entropy. The key idea of the method is ...