Dr. Jerome J. (“Jerry”) Kukor is the Dean of the Graduate School at Rutgers University, and a Professor of Environmental Sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, where he served for five years as Dean of Academic Programs. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and served on the research faculty at Michigan for 10 years prior to coming to Rutgers. Dr. Kukor’s expertise is in environmental microbiology and microbial chemistry. His research, which has been funded by the NIH for the past 25 years, focuses on analysis of the determinants of biodegradability of xenobiotic compounds by microorganisms. He has authored more than 80 journal articles and book chapters and has mentored two dozen doctoral and master’s students, a dozen postdoctoral scholars, and nearly 30 undergraduate honors students.