MSE Alumni Ryan Kincer Synthetically Recreates Biomaterial to Assist Military

MSE alumni Ryan Kincer is on a team of U.S. Navy scientists and engineers at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division (NSWC PCD), that has successfully recreated a natural material used for marine wildlife defense to assist military personnel.

The team has produced a synthetic component of hagfish slime from the alpha and gamma proteins of the Pacific hagfish.

The Pacific hagfish, also known as slime eels, are bottom-dwelling scavengers which live on the ocean floor. The hagfish can secrete slime to protect themselves by obstructing the gills of predators which come into contact with the slime. The synthetically produced material could provide non-lethal and non-kinetic defense to the Navy.