Members

Juan Pablo Giraldo

Principal Investigator

juanpablo.giraldo@ucr.edu

Associate Professor

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

University of California, Riverside

Ph.D. Plant Biology

Holbrook Lab

Harvard University

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Nanobiotechnology

Strano Research Group

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Postdoctoral Researchers

Su-Ji Jeon

Postdoctoral researcher

jsuji@ucr.edu

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 Kim

Postdoctoral researcher

hyeink@ucr.edu


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 Sharma

Postdoctoral researcher

ssharma@ucr.edu


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

Postdoctoral researcher

mdreyazi@ucr.edu


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 SHARMA

Postdoctoral researcher

bsharma@ucr.edu


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.

Graduate Students

Gregory Newkirk

Ph.D Student

NDSEG Fellow

contact@gregnewkirk.com

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.


Christopher Castillo

Ph.D Student

NSF Center of Sustainable Nanotechnology

ccast149@ucr.edu

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.

Supreetha Sivaraj

M.S. Student


ssiva008@ucr.edu

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

Undergraduate Students

Eugene Kwon

Undergraduate Student

ekwon016@ucr.edu

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.

Claire Alford

Summer Undergraduate Research Student


calford@scu.edu

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.

Alumni

Postdocs

Honhong Wu - Professor, Huazhong Agricultural University - 1000 Young Talents of China

Jinming Li - Professor, South China Normal University

Peiguang Hu - Senior Scientist, Westwood Biosciences

Ph.D. students

Jing An - Postdoctoral Researcher, South China Agricultural University

Israel Santana - Postdoctoral Researcher, Genentech

Undegraduate students

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 -

Pedro de Allende -