Juan Pablo Giraldo
University of California, Riverside
Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
Faculty Member Affiliations
Material Science and Engineering program | Cell Molecular and Developmental Biology | Institute for Integrative Genome Biology | Center for Plant Biology | Microbiology
Co-Investigator, NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology
Ph.D. Plant Biology - Holbrook Lab, Harvard University
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Nanobiotechnology - Strano Research Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Su-Ji earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Hanyang University, Republic of Korea. Her research focuses on the synthesis of carbon-based nanomaterials and organic/inorganic hybrids for optical sensor for the detection of biomarkers and the investigation of their physical and chemical properties using various spectroscopic methods. For her doctoral work, she investigated functional nanomaterials for optical sensing and photocatalysis applications. Su-Ji's research currently focuses on studying and modeling the mechanisms of nanoparticle uptake in leaves and their use as sensors of plant signaling molecules.
Hye-In earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Hanyang University, Republic of Korea. Her research focused on the Interface modulation of optical nanomaterials for the detection of disease biomarkers. She had deeply investigated the effects of surface modification, which can control the affinity between the nanomaterials and the target biomarkers. After she got her Ph. D. in 2020, she worked for the Korea Institute of materials science (KIMS) and developed a nanomaterial functionalized 3D scaffold to detect and inhibit an infectious bacterial proliferation in the field of artificial transplantation until joining this lab in Sep 2021. Hye-In's research currently focuses on studying and modeling the mechanisms of nanoparticle uptake in leaves or Algaes and their use as sensors of plant signaling molecules.
Sandeep has been a member of the Dr. Juan Pablo Giraldo lab since February 2022. His current research interest lies in the fabrication of carbon based nanocarriers to control plant pathogens. Before joining Dr. Giraldo lab, he worked as a postdoc for a year with research focused on “Fabrication of halloysite nanotubes based nanocarrier for plant disease management” in Prof. Ester Segal lab at Technion-IIT, Israel. He received his Ph.D. degree (2015-2020) from Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Mohali-India, under the supervision of Dr. Vijayakumar Shanmugham. His Ph.D. research focused on the “Fabrication of Graphene-oxide based nanocarriers for agrochemicals delivery and to augment plant functions through nanobionics approach”. In 2014, he worked as a junior research fellow on a project “PCR based diagnosis of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in patient samples” in Prof. Promod Mehta lab at M.D. University- India. He received his M.Sc. degree in Biotechnology in 2012 from M.D. University and B.Sc. in Biotechnology from
Kurukshetra University- India in 2010.
Md Reyazul Islam
Md Reyazul Islam joined the Dr. Giraldo lab at the University of California, Riverside, as a postdoctoral scholar in late February of 2022. He obtained his Ph.D. from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, South Korea in August 2019. During his Ph.D. studies, he developed a cost-effective and efficient affinity purification method and produced various pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals proteins using plant-based expression systems. After completing his Ph.D., he worked as a postdoc researcher for about a year and a half in his Ph.D. lab. In 2021, he received a Penn Biomedical Postdoctoral fellowship for postdoctoral study at the School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, where he worked on oral delivery of plant-made biopharmaceuticals using a Chloroplast production system. He is interested in translational research and drug development to create cost-effective biopharmaceuticals and vaccines to improve global access to modern medicines. His current research focuses on the development of mRNA vaccines in plant chloroplasts. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, hiking, and traveling.
Bhaskar earned his Doctoral degree from the School of Life and Environment Sciences, Deakin University, Australia. During his doctoral studies, he worked on hydroxyapatite-based nanocarriers for agrochemicals/nutrients delivery to cereal grain crops. He also studied ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) and root-specific genes in plant physiological development and stress environment. He was a collaborator in the research projects focused on the structural and molecular characterization of proteins involved in disease pathogenesis (Malaria, Tuberculosis etc.). Bhaskar is currently engaged in the synthesis of biocompatible nanomaterials for nitrogen nutrient delivery to crops.
Gregory worked on immunotoxin production inside algal chloroplasts with the Mayfield lab while earning his B.S. from the University of California, San Diego. He studied the roles that algae has in our ecosystem, and as a source of unique proteins and lipids. His current research focuses on fusing microbiology with nanotechnology; augmenting microbes with nanoparticles and creating new ways to harness the power of microbial communities.
NSF Center of Sustainable Nanotechnology
Christopher received his B.S. in Biochemistry from California State University, Los Angeles where he researched lipid transfer proteins putatively involved in Arabidopsis programmed senescence mechanism. His Ph.D. research is focused on fundamental understanding of plant biomolecule interactions with nanoparticles such as the formation of nanoparticle coronas in Arabidopsis plants.
Leticia Meza earned her BA from Chicago State University before starting her Ph.D. in the Botany and Plant sciences program at UC Riverside. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate who works with our lab, and her studies target leveraging plant-microbe interactions to optimize agricultural strategies. Her research is a collaborative effort that tests the ability of functionalized carbon dots coated with sugar molecules to deliver fungicides directly to fungal structures efficiently, thus enabling the precision application of pesticides.
Supreetha received her B.S. in Technology-Biotechnology from St. Joseph's college of Enineering in India. Current research progress in observing and studying the effect of Polyacrylic Nanoceria (PNC) on Chlamydomonas reinhardtii 124 wild type species, towards the application of improving biofuel production
Eugene is a firth-year Materials Science and Engineering student at the University of California, Riverside. He is interested in plant nanomaterials and plants nanosensors. When he is not in the lab, he is an avid fan of the Lakers and loves playing various puzzle games and the flute.
Summer Undergraduate Research Student
Claire is a rising sophomore undergraduate student at Santa Clara University pursuing a degree in public health science. She is researching plant-nanoparticle interactions in the Giraldo Lab in the summer of 2022 through the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. She is interested in protein corona formation and nanoparticle interactions with life. She hopes to attend medical school and integrate research into a medical career. In her free time, she enjoys planning powwows, giving back to First Tee, and planning health-based community service.
Honhong Wu - Professor, Huazhong Agricultural University - 1000 Young Talents of China
Jinming Li - Professor, South China Normal University
Peiguang Hu - Senior Scientist, Westwood Biosciences
Jing An - Postdoctoral Researcher, South China Agricultural University
Israel Santana - Postdoctoral Researcher, Genentech
Colleen Ahern - Ph.D. student at UC Santa Barbara
Victoria Morris - Master's student at Brandeis University
Maquela Faulkner - Graduate student at Keck Graduate Institute
Mackenzie Fahlgren - Engineer at First Light Energy
Cristina Moreno-Borja - Graduate student at UC Riverside
Joshua Dansie - Lab Operator at Bio Reliance
Nicholas Tito - Graduate student at William Carey School of Medicine
Gail Garcia - Senior R&D Laboratory Support Technologist at Sandia National Laboratories
Pedro de Allende -