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I study the mechanism by which DNA is rearranged by Sin, a serine recombinase from Staphylococcus aureus
In order to recombine DNA in Staphylococcus aureus, Sin recombinase forms a swivel interface around which the protein and DNA rotate. My goal is to better understand how the changes during recombination. I use x-ray crystallography and computation methods, such as normal mode analysis, to understand protein structural changes.