Date of Award


Document Type

Master's report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Computer Science (MS)

College, School or Department Name

Department of Computer Science


Hairong Wei


Analyzing large-scale gene expression data is a labor-intensive and time-consuming process. To make data analysis easier, we developed a set of pipelines for rapid processing and analysis poplar gene expression data for knowledge discovery. Of all pipelines developed, differentially expressed genes (DEGs) pipeline is the one designed to identify biologically important genes that are differentially expressed in one of multiple time points for conditions. Pathway analysis pipeline was designed to identify the differentially expression metabolic pathways. Protein domain enrichment pipeline can identify the enriched protein domains present in the DEGs. Finally, Gene Ontology (GO) enrichment analysis pipeline was developed to identify the enriched GO terms in the DEGs.

Our pipeline tools can analyze both microarray gene data and high-throughput gene data. These two types of data are obtained by two different technologies. A microarray technology is to measure gene expression levels via microarray chips, a collection of microscopic DNA spots attached to a solid (glass) surface, whereas high throughput sequencing, also called as the next-generation sequencing, is a new technology to measure gene expression levels by directly sequencing mRNAs, and obtaining each mRNA’s copy numbers in cells or tissues.

We also developed a web portal ( to make all pipelines available to public to facilitate users to analyze their gene expression data. In addition to the analyses mentioned above, it can also perform GO hierarchy analysis, i.e. construct GO trees using a list of GO terms as an input.