Giraldo Lab

Welcome to the Giraldo Lab!

We are a team of interdisciplinary scientists working at the interface between plant biology and nanotechnology. The lab shares affiliations with Material Science and Engineering, Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, Center for Plant Biology, Microbiology, Cell Molecular and Developmental Biology and the NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology.

We are developing and applying nanomaterial based tools to study and engineer plant function at levels of organization ranging from organelles to tissues and whole plants. We are discovering how the distinct physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of nanoparticles affect their interactions with plant biosurfaces and biomolecules. Using a nanotechnology and bioengineering approaches, we seek to turn plants into technology by enabling them with novel functions such as acting as plant sentinels or biomanufacturing devices.