Aaron Straight

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

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The broad goal of our research is to understand the mechanisms that control eukaryotic chromosome segregation. We are interested in understanding the physical properties of chromatin and how those properties influence the higher order organization of chromosomes. We work closely with Hideo Mabuchi's group in a combined effort to biochemically reconstitute chromatin fibers and then measure their dynamic behavior using single molecule fluorescence tracking. By studying the dynamic compaction and relaxation of chromatin fibers and the kinetics of chromatin fiber association and dissociation we aim to understand how chromatin reorganizes and compacts in response to different nuclear environments and epigenetic modifications.

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