Doctoral Dissertations

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



Major Professor

Vasileios Maroulas

Committee Members

Christopher Strickland, Andreas Nebenführ, Steven Abel, Haileab Hilafu


Topological Data Analysis is a powerful tool in the image data analysis. In this dissertation, we focus on studying cell physiology by the sub-cellular motions of organelles and generation process of filament networks, relying on topology of the cellular image data. We first develop a novel, automated algorithm, which tracks organelle movements and reconstructs their trajectories on stacks of microscopy image data. Our tracking method proceeds with three steps: (i) identification, (ii) localization, and (iii) linking, and does not assume a specific motion model. This method combines topological data analysis principles with Ensemble Kalman Filtering in the computation of associated nerve during the linking step. Moreover, we show a great success of our method with several applications. We then study filament networks as a classification problem, and propose a distancebased classifier. This algorithm combines topological data analysis with a supervised machine learning framework, and is built based on the foundation of persistence diagrams on the data.We adopt a new metric, the dcp distance, on the space of persistence diagrams, and show it is useful in catching the geometric difference of filament networks. Furthermore, our classifier succeeds in classifying filament networks with high accuracy rate.

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