We are on a mission to unlock melanin's potential to revolutionize the way we protect from/harness radiation and communicate on our planet and in space.
The success of a civilization depends on the materials used to build it. Melanin-based biomaterials can aid humans to become a space faring civilization.
MelaTech was founded in 2017 by scientists with a passion for melanin biology and biotech applications to improve human life.
Remarkable polymers with unique physicochemical properties and commercial applications in radiation shielding/countermeasures, energy harvesting, bioelectronics, obscurants, bioremediation, and many other fields.
We specialize in fungal melanins capable of shielding various types of ionizing radiation, capturing heat from the entire solar irradiance spectrum, and exhibiting superior thermal stability as compared to synthetic melanin analogs.
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MelaTech specializes in the large-scale production of melanins and development of melanin-based biomaterials for coatings, clothing, infrastructure, and much more.
Radiation shielding for use in space exploration and colonization, radiation hardening electronics, and developing protective barriers for humans. Improved radiation shielding materials could mitigate future disasters like the Fukishima and Chernobyl incidents.
Harnessing melanin's ability to broadly absorb solar radiation has potential for improving passive heat capture systems for cold climates.
Melanin has fascinating electrical properties which have already been demonstrated in the construction of melanin batteries. Coupled with solar absorption and radiation shielding there are many unique applications for bioelectronics.
University of Puerto Rico, B.S., 2006 (Industrial Microbiology)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, M.S., 2009 (Biochemistry)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Ph.D., 2012 (Biophysics)
Research Associate at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Ph.D. (Dept. Molecular Microbiology and Immunology)
Dr. Cordero has led multiple research programs involving national and international collaborations resulting in >42 peer-reviewed publications and >1390 citations since 2009. With over 25 years of experience in microbiology and polymer research, Dr. Cordero focuses in the R&D of novel melanin-related biomaterials and their commercialization in a variety of radiation-powered applications.
Queens College, City University of New York, B.A., (Chemistry, 1979)
New York University, M.S., Ph.D., (Biochemistry, 1983/1984)
New York University, M.D., (1985)
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Alfred and Jill Sommer Professor and Chair of the W. Harry Feinstone
Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
With over 780 publications and 51,640 citations, Dr. Casadevall is one of the most cited scientist ever and a world-prominent expert in the field of microbial melanins. With over 100 peer-review publications related to fungal melanins, his >20 y/o research program has made significant contributions to our understanding of melanin structure and biology. Some of Dr. Casadevall’s contributions include describing that melanin enable fungi to harvest ionizing radiation for enhanced growth (AKA radiotropism).
Shippensburg State University, MBA, 2013
Penn State University, Social Psychology
Administrator, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
With >15 years of experience managing a multimillion-dollar portfolio of academic grants and contracts, Ms. Walborn oversees all financial operations, business plan development, strategic implementation, resource allocation, and infrastructure/programmatic development at MelaTech.
Ithaca College, B.S. (Biochemistry, 2014)
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Ph.D. (Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, 2020)
Mr. Dragotakes received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Ithaca College in 2014 where he studied bacterial quorum sensing as well as gene compensation. Following graduation, he spent two years studying Alzheimer's Disease pathology as a research assistant in the Greengard Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience at The Rockefeller University before beginning his doctoral studies. His Ph.D. research focused on host-pathogen interactions of phagolysosome resident Cryptococcus neoformans.
Quigly has broad technical expertise ranging from molecular biology to biochemistry and computer programming. He established MelaTech's 3D printing technology, and was responsible for generating the melanin and designing the samples for the MISSE 12 and 13 missions. As a jack-of-all-trades Quigly was the clear choice of CSO, quick to learn new techniques across a variety of fields and competent at applying that knowledge to efficiently generate quality results. He has already pioneered multiple patented melanin biotechnologies.
Radames is quoted in regard to melanin based radiation protection.
MelaTech is sending samples to the International Space Station to study long term exposure of melanin to cosmic Radiation.
The MelaTech Young Talent Scholarship/Internship is committed to supporting under-represented STEM students for short-term internships at our R&D facility. Scholars will carry out basic and applied research work related to melanins and the development of novel melanin-based biomaterials for applications in space exploration, environment conservation, and national defense. Previous R&D experience is a plus but not as important as passion, desire to learn, and hard work. Interested individuals can write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short cover letter explaining why you are interested in working with us.