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Jessica Choi

Post Doctoral Researcher

Education

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

August 2012 - October 2017

PhD Degree

Major:  Microbial Biology

 

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Augsut 2008 - May 2012

BS Degreet

Majors:  Bilogical Sciences, Computer Applications

Minor:  Korean

Research Interests

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jessica_Choi6

 Bioremediation and other fields of applied microbiology:  The prospect of applying microbiology to help solve global environmental issues is fascinating to me and primarily drove my passion for microbiology. I am excited by microbes with the potential to remove environmental pollutants (heavy metals, aromatics, etc.), reduce waste (such as greenhouse gas emissions), or recycle materials (such as with biofuel production).

Microbe-mineral transformations:  Microbes have the capacity to make a living almost anywhere, such as on the surfaces of rocks. Additionally, they thrive on such surfaces and concurrently transform rocks in ways that are beneficial. I am interested in learning more about their mechanisms, the controlling factors, and whether these processes can be applied in the field to help remedy contamination.

Genetic manipulation:  Changing the genome of microbes to give them additional capabilities can provide alternative tools for bioremediation efforts, especially when the capabilities are not found in the natural microbiota of a certain environmental niche. Furthermore, using microbes may be more economical than chemical or physical methods of removing pollutants.

 

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant/Instructor                                           

Rutgers University – New Brunswick

2013-14, 2015-17

General Microbiology laboratory course

 

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant           

University of Notre Dame

Fall 2011

Classical and Molecular Genetic laboratory course

 

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

University of Notre Dame    

Fall 2010 & 2011

General Biology laboratory course

 

Affiliations

 

 

American Chemical Society, 2016-2017

American Society for Microbiology, 2014-Present, Theobald Smith Society (NJ branch)

American Society for Microbiology, 2012-Present , Rutgers University student chapter

American Society for Microbiology, 2011-Present

 

 

 

Department of Earth and Environmental Science / University of Pennsylvania, 251 Hayden Hall, 240 South 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6316