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 physiological mechanisms 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 organelles and cellular structures. Using a plant nanobioengineering approach, we seek to turn plants into technology by enabling them with novel or augmented functions.




Israel Santana is awarded a Genentech postdoctoral fellowship! So well deserved. We are excited for Israel and his career as a scientist ahead.

March 2021


Giraldo Lab receives UCR Office of Technology Partnership Proof of Concept Award to translate our targeted delivery nanotechnologies to agrochemical applications in collaboration with industry partners.

February 2021


Dr. Honghong Wu, who is now Professor at Huazhong Agricultural University, is selected as 1000 Young Talent Fellow by the Chinese Scholarship Council. Congrats Honghong!

November 2020




University of California, Riverside

3401 Watkins Drive, Batchelor Hall 1125 Riverside, California, 92521

Juan Pablo Giraldo

Assistant Professor

Email: juanpablo.giraldo@ucr.edu