Date of Award


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (MS)

College, School or Department Name

Department of Chemical Engineering


Wen Zhou


Sporulation is a process in which some bacteria divide asymmetrically to form tough protective endospores, which help them to survive in a hazardous environment for a quite long time. The factors which can trigger this process are diverse. Heat, radiation, chemicals and lacking of nutrition can all lead to the formation of endospores. This phenomenon will lead to low productivity during industrial production. However, the sporulation mechanism in a spore-forming bacterium, Clostridium theromcellum, is still unclear. Therefore, if a regulation network of sporulation can be built, we may figure out ways to inhibit this process. In this study, a computational method is applied to predict the sporulation network in Clostridium theromcellum. A working sporulation network model with 40 new predicted genes and 4 function groups is built by using a network construction program, CINPER. 5 sets of microarray expression data in Clostridium theromcellum under different conditions have been collected. The analysis shows the predicted result is reasonable.