Protein evolution proceeds through genetic mechanisms, but selection acts on biological assemblies. I define a protodomain as a minimal independently evolving unit with conserved structure. Protodomain rearrangements have minimal impact on biological assemblies, so they represent a valid evolutionary path through fold space.
These slides are from my Candidacy Exam on Jan 28, 2013 at University of California, San Diego. It discusses my current research in Philip Bourne's lab, as well as proposes research for my thesis over the next two years. An audio version is available at http://www.scivee.tv/node/57082