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.
Juan Pablo had a great visit at UC Davis hosted by the Plant Biology graduate student program
Congratulations to Greg Newkirk for passing his qualifying exam and becoming a PhD candidate!
Juan Pablo will give two invited talks at the Sustainable Nanotechnology conference (SNO)
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!