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
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.
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 chloroplast signaling molecules.
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.
NSF Center of Sustainable Nanotechnology
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.
Honhong Wu - Professor, Huazhong Agricultural University - 1000 Young Talents of China
Jinming Li - Professor, South China Normal University
Peiguang Hu - Senior Scientist, Westwood Biosciences
Jing An - Postdoctoral Researcher, South China Agricultural University
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 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.
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.