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Alon Gorodetsky

Associate Professor
University of California, Irvine
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Chemistry
Chemical, Applied, and Materials Physics Program

Curriculum Vitae

Short Bio

Dr. Alon Gorodetsky is an Associate Professor with a primary appointment in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Gorodetsky obtained dual B.S. degrees in Engineering Physics and Materials Science at Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. He then completed postdoctoral work as an NSF American Competitiveness in Chemistry Fellow at Columbia University. Dr. Gorodetsky’s work has received international recognition and has been highlighted in media outlets such as Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, The Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Smithsonian Magazine, Wired, The Verge, Newsweek, Forbes, NPR, BBC, and CNN. Dr. Gorodetsky has also received numerous accolades, including the AFOSR Young Investigator Award, the DARPA Young Faculty Award with the Director’s Option, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and the DARPA Embedded Entrepreneurship Initiative Award.

Researchers

Anthony Burke
Anthony Burke
Researcher

Research Scientist
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Anthony Burke is a postdoctoral specialist, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2019.

He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA, USA) in 2011. He also received a B. S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA, USA) in 2004 and a B. S. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA, USA) in 2004. During his first stint in the Gorodetsky Group, he worked on the synthesis and characterization of sequence-defined organic semiconductor nanowires. Tony is broadly interested in organic semiconductor materials and analytical biochemistry.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Tony’s current research is focused on the synthesis of materials for octopus-inspired camouflage and signaling systems.


Ivan Tomov
Ivan Tomov
Researcher

Ivan Tomov is a project scientist, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2022.

He received his Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics from Moscow University (Moscow, Russia) in 1970. He also received a B.S. in Physics from Sofia University (Sofia, Bulgaria) in 1966. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky Group, he worked on femtosecond laser systems, nonlinear methods for generation of harmonics of ultrashort laser pulses, the study of long period optical gratings, and the interaction of acoustic and optical waves in fibers.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Ivan’s current research is focused on holotomography.


Postdoctoral Researchers

Aleeza Farrukh
Aleeza Farrukh
Postdoctoral Fellow

aleezaf@uci.edu   CV  

Aleeza Farrukh is a postdoctoral fellow, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2019.

She received her Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Mainz, Germany) in 2017. She also received her M.Phil. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Punjab (Lahore, Pakistan) in 2011 and B.S.C. in Zoology, Botany, and Chemistry from the University of Punjab (Lahore, Pakistan) in 2007. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky Group, she worked on light-guided control over axon growth in photoresponsive biomaterial platforms. Aleeza is interested in dynamic biomaterials and functional interfaces for tuning cellular behavior.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Aleeza’s current research is focused on cephalopod-inspired bioelectronic control of cellular signaling.


Sanghoon Lee
Sanghoon Lee
Postdoctoral Fellow

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Sanghoon Lee is a postdoctoral fellow, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2021.

He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Design and Production Engineering from Konkuk University (Seoul, Republic of Korea ) in 2020. He also received an M.S in Mechanical Design and Production Engineering from Konkuk University (Seoul, Republic of Korea) and a B.S in Mechanical System Design and Engineering from Konkuk University (Kyunggi, Republic of Korea). Prior to joining the Gorodetsky Group, he worked on the fabrication and characterization of roll-to-roll-printed organic thin film transistors and 3D structural sensors and actuators. Sanghoon is interested in roll-to-roll fabrication of flexible devices.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Sanghoon’s current research is focused on the manufacturing of squid skin-inspired thermoregulatory composite materials.


Graduate Students

Preeta Pratakshya
Preeta Pratakshya
Graduate Student

pprataks@uci.edu   LinkedIn   CV  

Preeta Pratakshya is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2018.

She received her joint B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from the National Institute of Science Education and Research (Bhubaneswar, India) in 2017. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky Group, she worked on the synthesis and photophysical studies of organoboron complexes for applications in OLEDs. Preeta is interested in the study of functional soft materials for bioelectronics applications.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Preeta’s current research is focused on understanding the relationships between the structure, self-assembly, and properties of reflectins.


Georgii Bogdanov
Georgii Bogdanov
Graduate Student

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Georgii Bogdanov is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2019.

He received his M.S. in Chemistry from  New Mexico Highlands University (Las Vegas, NM, USA) in 2019, M.S. in Laser Engineering from ITMO University (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) in 2018, and B.S. in Optical Engineering from ITMO University (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) in 2016. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky Group, he worked on X-Ray analysis of crystal structures, modification of polymer surfaces via reactive ion etching, and development of optical control systems. Georgii is interested in the biophotonics applications of protein-based materials.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Georgii’s current research is focused on the squid leucophore-inspired engineering of the optical properties of mammalian cells.


Yinuan Liu
Yinuan Liu
Graduate Student

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Yinuan is a PhD student in the Chemical, Applied, and Material Physics Program, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2019.

She received her B.A. in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO, USA) in 2019. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky Group, Yinuan worked on solid-state NMR characterization of alumina thin films. Yinuan is interested in manufacturing of adaptive materials for camouflage applications.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Yinuan’s current research is focused on squid skin-inspired color-changing composite materials.


Nikhil Kaimal
Nikhil Kaimal
Graduate Student

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Nikhil Kaimal is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2019.

He received his B.S. in Biochemical Engineering from the University of California, Davis (Davis, CA, USA) in 2019. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky Group, he worked on the genetic engineering of plant circadian rhythms and monitoring of stem cell differentiation. Nikhil is broadly interested in genetic engineering and tissue engineering.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Nikhil’s current research is focused on focused on the squid leucophore- and iridophore-inspired engineering of the optical properties of mammalian cells.


Panyiming Liu
Panyiming Liu
Graduate Student

panyimil@uci.edu   CV  

Panyiming is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2019.

He received his B.S. in Materials Physics from the Special Class for the Gifted Young of the University of Science and Technology of China (Anhui, China) in 2019. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky Group, he worked on the synthesis, modification, and energy applications of noble metal nanocrystals. Panyiming is interested in adaptive materials for renewable energy applications.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Panyiming’s current research is focused on the fabrication of octopus-inspired camouflage and signaling systems.


Arsenii Panteleev
Arsenii Panteleev
Graduate Student

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Arsenii Panteleev is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2020.

He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN, USA) in 2020. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky Group, he worked on simulating the effect of the ionic dipole moment in the Hofmeister series with biased free energy sampling methods. Arsenii is interested in the computationally-guided design of biomimetic protein-based materials.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Arsenii’s current research is focused on understanding sequence-function relationships for reflectins.


Aleksandra Strzelecka
Aleksandra Strzelecka
Graduate Student

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Aleksandra Strzelecka is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2020.

She received her joint B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Technology from the Silesia University of Technology (Gliwice, Poland) in 2018. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky Group, she worked on the development of new initiators for ATRP polymerization and on the optimization of colorimetric methods in the paint industry. Aleksandra is broadly interested in polymeric materials and bioinspired optics.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Aleksandra’s current research is focused on squid skin-inspired color-changing composite materials.


David Berlin
David Berlin
Graduate Student

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David Berlin is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2021.

He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA, USA ) in 2019. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky Group, he worked on understanding relationship surface topography and dispersal relationships for bacterial biofilms. David is boradly interested in bioinspired materials and their applications in bioelectronics.

In the Gorodetsky Group, David’s current research is focused on is focused on cephalopod-inspired bioelectronic control of cellular signaling.


Didac Gomez i Castellvi
Didac Gomez i Castellvi
Graduate Student

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Didac Gomez i Castellvi is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2021.

He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Eastern Nazarene College (Quincy, MA, USA) in 2021. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky Group, he worked on the investigation of electrolytes and electrodes for aqueous Mg-Cu batteries. Didac is interested in electrochemistry for renewable energy applications.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Didac’s current research is focused on the manufacturing of squid skin-inspired thermoregulatory composite materials.


Sidney Luke Eichelberger
Sidney Luke Eichelberger
Graduate Student

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Sidney Eichelberger is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2022.

He received his B.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Philosophy from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX, USA) in 2021. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky Group, he worked on the synthesis, spectroscopy, and reactivity of bioinspired metal complexes bearing redox-active ligands and on processing of feedstock polymers for in-space manufacturing. Sidney is interested in biomaterials and living systems for applications in healthcare and sustainability.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Sidney’s current research is focused on cephalopod-inspired bioelectronic control of cellular signaling.


Ethan Ryan Peng
Ethan Ryan Peng
Graduate Student

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Ethan Peng is a M.S. student in the Department of Material Science and Engineering, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2021.

He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA, USA) in 2021. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky Group, Ethan worked on the expression of reflectin in bacteria and on the synthesis of heteroacenes. Ethan is broadly interested in the synthesis of organic semiconductors for device applications.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Ethan’s current research is focused on the synthesis of materials for octopus-inspired camouflage and signaling systems.


Omkar Mohaptra
Omkar Mohaptra
Graduate Student

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Omkar Mohapatra is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in September 2022.

He received his joint B.S. and M.S. degree in Chemistry from National Institute of Science Education and Research (Bhubaneswar, India) in 2021. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky group, he worked on the synthesis of tetra-coordinated boron-based polyaromatic hydrocarbons. Omkar is interested in the chemistry and applications of polyaromatic hydrocarbons and in the development of bioinspired materials.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Omkar’s current research is focused on the synthesis of materials for octopus-inspired camouflage and signaling systems.


Nathaniel Burmas
Nathaniel Burmas
Graduate Student

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Nathaniel Burmas is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2022.

He received his B.S. in field of Chemical Engineering from the University of California Davis (Davis, CA, USA) in 2022. Prior to joining the Gorodetsky group, he worked on optogenetics in mammalian cells and analysis of natural products. Nathaniel is interested in the optical engineering of living materials.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Nathaniel’s current research is focused on cephalopod-inspired bioelectronic control of cellular signaling.


Undergraduate Students

Nethra Shah
Nethra Shah
Undergraduate Student

nethra.shah@emory.edu  

Nethra Shah is an undergraduate student in the Department of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2022.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Nethra’s current research is focused on understanding sequence-function relationships for reflectins.


Anna Tomov
Anna Tomov
Undergraduate Student

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Anna Tomov is an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2022.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Anna’s current research is focused on transmission electron microscopy.


Joseph Yazvin
Joseph Yazvin
Undergraduate Student

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Joseph Yazvin is an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Ohio State University, who joined the Gorodetsky Group in 2021.

In the Gorodetsky Group, Joseph’s current research is focused on holotomography.


Administrative Coordinator

Nuriya Ismagilova
Nuriya Ismagilova
Administrative Coordinator

nismagil@uci.edu  

Researcher Engineers and Specialists

Name
Kelsey Miller LinkedIn  
Kasha Muzila LinkedIn  
Mahan Naeim
Tam Nguyen
Elena (Helen) Orins LinkedIn  
Eriberto Vargas LinkedIn  

Postdoctoral Researchers

Name
Mohsin Ali Badshah LinkedIn  
Laura E. Bagge LinkedIn  
Chandra Bikram KC
David Joshua Dibble LinkedIn  
Zhijing Feng LinkedIn  
Maurizio Follador LinkedIn  
Nina Hüsken LinkedIn  
Xiaoteng Jia LinkedIn  
Steven R. Jim LinkedIn  
Juhwan Kim LinkedIn  
Nam Nguyen LinkedIn  
Young Park LinkedIn  
Maxime Rammal LinkedIn  
George Stiubianu LinkedIn  
Ward G. Walkup IV LinkedIn  

Graduate Students

Name
Andrew Bartlett LinkedIn  
Juana A. Cerna LinkedIn  
Atrouli Chatterjee LinkedIn  
Mary Nora Dickson
Yegor Van Dyke LinkedIn  
Melvin Colorado Escobar LinkedIn  
Jonah-Micah Jocson LinkedIn  
Emil Karshalev
Rylan Kautz LinkedIn  
Reina Kurakake
Erica M. Leung LinkedIn  
Robert Lopez LinkedIn  
Yujia Lu LinkedIn  
Amir Mazaheripour  LinkedIn  
Kyle Liam Naughton LinkedIn  
Nataliya Naumova LinkedIn  
Brenna Norton-Baker LinkedIn  
David Ordinario LinkedIn  
Kritideepan Parida LinkedIn  
Priyam Patel LinkedIn  
Long Phan LinkedIn  
Huiting Qin LinkedIn  
Milan Shlain LinkedIn  
Nadia E. Tolouei LinkedIn  
Vivek Tyagi LinkedIn  
Mehran Umerani LinkedIn  
Alexandra Vyatskikh LinkedIn  
Austin Grant Wardrip LinkedIn  
Chengyi Xu LinkedIn  

Undergraduate Students

Name
Alex Allevato LinkedIn  
Mercedeez Jasmin Aquino LinkedIn  
Trinity Bento
Justin Couvrette LinkedIn  
(MyAnh) Kaylee Dao LinkedIn  
Henry Dinh
Samantha Drake LinkedIn  
Marcus Firstman LinkedIn  
Justin Kerr LinkedIn  
Myriam Khalil LinkedIn  
Laliphat (Mai) Kositchaimongkol LinkedIn  
Dylan Laidlaw LinkedIn  
LeAnn Le
Jessica Leal-Cruz LinkedIn  
Jose Armando Linares LinkedIn  
James Long LinkedIn  
Alejandro Lopez
Michelle Lu
Jason Merz
Nikka Mofid LinkedIn  
Christopher Moore LinkedIn  
Michael Nguyen LinkedIn  
Uyen Nguyen LinkedIn  
Myron Hon Phan
Marlon Pinedo
Micah Raney
Andrew Reuter
Preston Rogers
Nicholas Sarif LinkedIn  
Alexander Schmidt
Michael A. Shenk LinkedIn  
Amanda Smith LinkedIn  
Eric Tavarez
Eric Tseng LinkedIn  
Jonathan Varela LinkedIn  
Eddie Vargas
Sean Winchester LinkedIn  
Katarina Van Wonterghem LinkedIn  

Visiting Scholars

Name
Tadao Takada
Georgious Vougioukalakis LinkedIn