Cephalopod Biochemistry

Cephalopod biochemistry.  Cephalopods are arguably one of the most photonically sophisticated marine animals, as they can rapidly adapt their color and texture to match their surroundings within a fraction of a second. We study how small molecules and proteins aid in this process and emphasize the role of chromatophores (pigment containing organs) in communicating color change.  Current efforts in the lab are directed towards investigating these pigments as materials for a broad range of applications. Photo credits: Top, Christopher DiBona; Bottom: Stephen Senft, Roger Hanlon, Tom Williams, Sean Dinneen