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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2019 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Protein-Based Materials for Adaptive Camouflage and Bioelectronic Devices
Disciplines:  Chemical Engineering, Chemistry
Mentor:  Alon Gorodetsky, Associate Professor, (CCE),, Phone: 774-218-3318
Background:  NOTE: This project is being offered by a Caltech alum and will be conducted at University of California, Irvine in Irvine, CA.
1) Chatterjee, A.; Norton-Baker, B.; Bagge, L. E.; Patel, P.; Gorodetsky, A. A. An introduction to color-changing systems from the cephalopod protein reflectin. Bioinspired Biomim. 2018, 13, 045001.
2) Kautz, R.; Ordinario, D. D.; Tyagi, V.; Patel, P.; Nguyen, T. N.; Gorodetsky, A. A. Cephalopod-Derived Biopolymers for Ionic and Protonic Transistors. Adv. Mater. 2018, 1704917.
Description:  Cephalopods possess unrivaled camouflage and signaling abilities that are enabled by their sophisticated skin, wherein multiple layers contain chromatophore pigment cells (as part of larger chromatophore organs) and different types of reflective cells called iridocytes and leucophores. The optical functionality of these cells (and thus cephalopod skin) critically relies upon subcellular structures partially composed of unusual structural proteins known as reflectins. The projects will involve the expression, purification, and characterization of reflectins for applications in bioinspired photonic systems and bioelectronic devices.
Student Requirements:  X
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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