Institute for Integrative Genome Biology


Juan Pablo GiraldoJuan Pablo Giraldo

Assistant Professor of Plant Physiology

Mailing Address:

Botany & Plant Sciences
Batchelor Hall /1125
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521

Phone: (951) 827-3583
Fax: (951) 827-4437
Email: juanpablo.giraldo@ucr.edu

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PhD Biology 2011 Harvard University
BS Biology 2002 Universidad de Los Andes
BS Physics 2001 Universidad de Los Andes

College/Division Affiliation:

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Center/Inst Affiliation(s):

Center for Plant Cell Biology

Areas Of Expertise:

Plant Physiology with a Nanobiotechnology Approach: Photosynthesis, Vascular Transport, Nanosensors, Nanobionics

Awards / Honors:

2011  National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology
2010  Harvard Sustainability Science Program Fellowship
2008  Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship 
2006  Outstanding Paper in Landscape Ecology by Laurance et al., PNAS, 2006. The International Association of Landscape Ecologists

Research Summary:

My research focuses on the emergent field at the interface between plant physiology and nanotechnology. Nanoparticles have unique optical, electronic, and chemical properties, but their impact on plant function and structure is essentially unexplored. My work aims to develop research tools with nanomaterials to monitor and manipulate plant function. Our nanobionic approach also seeks to enable plants with novel or augmented functions through the use of nanomaterials at scales ranging from plant organelles to whole organisms. Research projects in my lab will initially focus on: achieving targeted delivery and controlled release of biomolecules in plants with nanoparticles; understanding the mechanisms of enhancement of plant photosynthesis with nanomaterials; developing selective and biocompatible nanosensors for imaging plant compounds in real-time.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Genomics Information

Institute of Integrative Genome Biology
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
E-mail: Aurelia Espinoza, Managing Director