The Giraldo Lab
University of California, Riverside
Juan Pablo Giraldo
Faculty Member Affiliations
University of California, Riverside
Ph.D. Plant Biology - Holbrook Lab
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Nanobiotechnology - Strano Research Group Massachusetts Institute of Technology
China Scholarship Council 1000 Young Talents Finalist
Honghong earned his PhD in Prof. Sergey Shabala's lab at the University of Tasmania, Australia. For his doctoral work, he investigated the role of cytosolic K+ retention, Na+ exclusion, and vacuolar Na+ sequestration in plant salinity tolerance at the tissue level. He is studying the mechanisms of cerium oxide nanoparticles transport in leaves and their impact on plant tolerance to abiotic stress.
Center of Sustainable Nanotechnology
Peiguang received his B.E. degree and M.S. degree in Materials Science from Shandong University in China. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz under the supervision of Professor Shaowei Chen. His dissertation research focused on metal nanoparticle surface functionalization and their applications in fuel cell electrocatalysis. Currently, he is working on developing carbon based nanomaterials for targeted and controlled delivery of biomolecules in plants.
Outstanding Teaching Awardee
Israel obtained his B.S. in Biochemistry from California State University Los Angeles where he investigated mechanisms that initiate plant senescence. At Washington State University, he studied protein-protein complexes in native rice seed endosperm that initiate starch metabolism. Currently his research focuses on using nanoparticle-based tools for targeted biochemical delivery in plants and to study the role of signaling molecules involved in chloroplast retrograde signaling.
Joint Ph.D Student
China Scholarship Council Fellow
Jing is a Ph.D. candidate in Prof. Zhaohu Li lab at the China Agricultural University. For her doctoral work, she is studying how Homeodomain-leucine zipper (HD-Zip) III transcription factors affect the control of cotton shoot apical meristem (SAM) and axillary meristems (AMs) development. She is interested in applying nanomaterial based carriers of micro RNAs for controlling HD-Zip III gene expression. Her goal is to effectively manipulate SAM and AM differentiation and development in mature cotton plants.
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.
Jinming Li - Professor, South China Normal University
Rotation Ph.D. students
James Eckhardt - UCR Botany and Plant Sciences, Ph.D. student
Ira Herniter - UCR Botany and Plant Sciences, Ph.D. student
Alex Rajewski - UCR Botany and Plant Sciences, Ph.D. student
Ivan Dimov - UCR Cell Molecular and Developmental Biology, Ph.D. student
Maquela Faulkner - Keck Graduate Institute
Mackenzie Fahlgren - Drafting engineer at First Light Energy
Cristina Moreno-Borja - Undergraduate Student at UC Riverside
Joshua Dansie - Lab Operator at Bio Reliance
Nicholas Tito - Student at William Carey School of Medicine
Gail is a second-year chemistry student who has worked in the University of Pennsylvania at the department of pathology, interning for the Greene lab for two consecutive summers. Furthermore, she worked at the University of Washington with a focus on bioengineering antibodies and conducted research at Sandia National Laboratories with an emphasis on nanoporous palladium plating. When not working in the lab, she enjoys watching anime, playing the piano, and reading.
Victoria is a 4th year Plant Biology student who is part of the Center of Sustainable Nanotechnology research projects. She is testing the impact of foliar delivery of nutrients in nanoscale form on photosynthesis in crops. When not in lab, Victoria participates in the Science Ambassador program and enjoys cooking and dancing.
Pedro de Allende
Pedro is a first year Biology student interested in algae biofuels. He is working on interfacing nanomaterials with algae to improve their photosynthesis and productivity. On his free time he enjoys playing chess, going for a run, or playing racquetball.