The Giraldo Lab
University of California, Riverside
Infiltrati0n of leaves with nanoparticles through the stomata
Nanobionic leaf (green) infiltrated with carbon nanotubes (orange) has higher electron transport rates
Nanobionic plant with carbon nanotubes can act as a photonic chemical sensor of metabolites and pollutants
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.
Our review article on smart plant nanosensors is published in Nature Nanotechnology along with other key reviews and perspectives by collaborators in the field of nano-enabled agriculture. An exciting issue and a must read!
Juan Pablo will present this summer our research on plant nanobiotechnology at the Environmental Nanotechnology GRC and the International Congress on Photobiology
We have new openings for a postdoctoral researcher and Ph.D. students interested to work at the interface between nanotechnology and plant biology. Research will be performed collaboratively between the Giraldo Lab and the Lowry Lab at Carnegie Mellon University or in collaboration with the Center of Sustainable Nanotechnology. Follow this link for more info.
Israel Santana receives the Outstanding Teaching Award for his consistently superior teaching performance. Congrats! Very well deserved!
The Giraldo and Lowry Lab at Carnegie Mellon University will start a collaborative project on plant-nanoparticle interactions with the support of a NSF CBET award