Dr. Kukor is Dean of Academic Programs and Research for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Interim Dean of the Graduate School–New Brunswick.
Research in our laboratory focuses on the determinants of biodegradability of xenobiotic compounds. The model system that is currently being investigated in detail is a study of mechanisms governing regulation of metabolic diversity for degradation of benzene. toluene. ethylbenzene. and xylenes (collectively designated BTEX). as well as the chlorinated solvents perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE). These compounds have been chosen as model substrates because of their ubiquity as groundwater contaminants in the Unites States. and because they are a primary target of federal and state regulations aimed at aquifer restoration owing to their potential negative impact on human health.