Kira Makarova

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Kira S. Makarova is a Staff Scientist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. She works there in Computational Biology Branch in Dr. Koonin’s group focusing her research in many areas of comparative genomics and analysis of structure, function and evolution of protein families. She is a leading expert in computational analysis of microbial defense systems and specifically in classification and protein sequence analysis of CRISPR-Cas systems that have been recently become a dominant biotechnological tool for genome editing. Over many years she is involved in comparative genomics and evolutionary studies of archaeal genomes and functional predictions for archaeal proteins. She is an author of the database of archaeal clusters of orthologous proteins (arCOGs) which is widely used for comparison and annotation of archaeal genomes.