Juan Pablo Giraldo
Md Reyazul Islam
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
Marina is a Plant Biology PhD student studying nanofertilizers and nanoparticle-mediated gene delivery in plants. She attained her BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of La Verne and graduate from their Honors Program. She entered industry for the next five years working at a lateral flow assay company Lumos Diagnostics, a plant biotechnology company Cibus then landing at Scripps Research Institute in the labs of Jamie Williamson and Danielle Grotjahn. There, she used cryo-electron microscopy to study bacterial ribosomes. Marina is a San Diego native and loves to rock climb, garden and spend time with her family and cats.
MARENA C RIVERA-DOPAZO
Marena is an undergraduate at University of Puerto Rico, Cayey pursuing her B.S. in Biology and plans to pursue a Ph.D in the biomedical field. She is currently a summer MacREU student supported by the NFS Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. Marena is interested in studying microbial organisms such as algae, but she also a passion for studying plants. This summer she is working on investigating how pectin coated Fe 3 O 4 nanoparticles form protein coronas with RuBisCO, a very important enzyme on Earth that is responsible for fixing atmospheric carbon dioxide into food for the plant and for us. In her free time, Marena loves to go to the beach, spend time with her dogs, and volunteer to help those with physical disabilities.