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A Discussion with Dimitri Deheyn

October 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday, October 1
6:30 Wine Reception,
7:00pm, Program
Members: Free
Guests:  $15
Dimitri Deheyn is a Scripps marine biologist developing research in the field of biomimicry: the process of emulating Nature to support green and sustainable innovations for various industries. His research aims at understanding the fundamental mechanisms responsible for specific adaptations organisms have developed to thrive under particular conditions, in aquatic or terrestrial environments.

The findings can then be used for biotechnological, biomedical and/or bioengineering applications, thus improving societal needs through biomimicry, or bioinspiration. Inherently, his research covers a broad range of topics, including UV-protection, bioadhesion/anti-biofouling, biophotonics and biomaterials with unusual combination of properties. Deheyn will address the issues and possible alternatives to sunscreens.

Deheyn’s research is at the intersect with material science and bioengineering, making his expertise cross-disciplinary and bridging the gap between academia and industry, for which he founded the BEST Initiative (Biomimicry for Emerging Science and Technology; https://scripps.ucsd.edu/labs/deheyn/best/).

Deheyn earned his Ph.D. on fundamental and applied aspects of bioluminescence in 1998, from the Free Thinking University of Brussels (ULB), Belgium. In 1999, he moved to Scripps Institution of Oceanography where he is now an Associate Research Scientist, to work on the applications of living lights, and to a broader sense biomimicry.


October 1
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm