Jessica Choi

 Jessica Choi

Post Doctoral Researcher


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 Group
Pérez-Rodríguez Group
Research Interests

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



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 chapterAmerican Society for Microbiology, 2011-Present   

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