Date of Award

2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Computer Science

First Advisor

Joan Peckham

Abstract

This thesis describes the design and implementation of Anti-Microbial Peptide Editable Database (“AMPed”), a tool to enable researchers to efficiently search, display, manipulate and store data about antimicrobial peptides. The tool is implemented as a secure website, created primarily using PHP and MySQL. The website exposes the data collected from a wide variety of sources via a set of common rules and nomenclature making it easy and intuitive for researchers to work with it. The website was evaluated on a variety of web browsers, as well as with a variety of users. It solves the need of non-technical users who spend hours searching and correlating relevant peptide data from a variety of sources for their research needs. This thesis primarily focused on creating and normalizing the database, creating modular search queries and building the web interface. This thesis also introduces a new way to document components of complex and interactive webpages.

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