Welcome to the Gorodetsky Group at the University of California, Irvine!

Our group looks to coleoid cephalopods (squids, octopuses, cuttlefish) as muses for the development of bioinspired technologies. In one research thrust, we are leveraging the unique cephalopod skin cell protein reflectin for programming the optical properties of mammalian cells and for electrically controlling the fate of mammalian cells, with our efforts holding relevance for regenerative medicine and engineered living materials. In another research thrust, we are drawing inspiration from cephalopod skin cells for the design and manufacturing of adaptive infrared and thermoregulatory materials, with a focus on applications in next-generation thermal camouflage and sustainable food packaging. Please browse the videos and publications to learn more about the current projects.

Squid Leucophore-Inspired Engineering of Optically Dynamic Human Cells
Bogdanov, G.; Chatterjee, A.; Makeeva, N.; Farrukh, A.; Gorodetsky, A.A.; iScience, 2023, 26(7), p. 106854. [Article]
Squid Skin Cell-Inspired Refractive Index Mapping of Cells, Vesicles, and Nanostructures
Chatterjee, A.; Pratakshya, P.; Kwansa, A. L.; Kaimal, N.; Cannon, A. H.; Sartori, B.; Marmiroli, B.; Orins, H.; Drake, S.; Couvrette, J.; Le, L.; Bernstorff, S.; Yingling, Y. G.; Gorodetsky, A. A.; ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 2023, 9(2), pp. 978–990. [Article]
Scalable Manufacturing of Sustainable Packaging Materials with Tunable Thermoregulability
Badshah, M. A.; Leung, E. M.; Liu, P.; Strzelecka, A. A.; Gorodetsky, A. A.; Nature Sustainability, 2022, 5, pp. 434-443. [Article]