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Person Details: Jerome J. Kukor

Superfund Research Program

Jerome J. Kukor

Rutgers University
Department of Environmental Science
316 Foran Hall, Cook College
59 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8520
Phone: 732-932-8165 x318
Fax: 732-932-0312



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  • Putthividhya A, Kukor JJ, Abriola LM. 2016. The effects of substrate exposure history and carbon starvation-induced stress on the EPS synthesis of TCE degrading toluene oxidizing soil bacteria. Environ Earth Sci 75:775. doi:10.1007/s12665-015-5080-5



  • Bost FD, Kukor JJ. 2003. Characterization of a novel Acinetobacter species containing a toluene dioxygenase. In: Proceedings of the 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, May 18-22. Washington, DC. pp.581.
  • Fleming MA, Kukor JJ, Haggblom M. 2003. Plant-mediated effects on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) degradation by bacteria in the rhizosphere of the salt marsh grasses, Spartina alterniflora and Phragmites australis. In: Proceedings of the 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, May 18-22. Washington, DC. pp.519.
  • Lee DH, Kahng H, Malinverni J, Kukor JJ, Oh D. 2003. Cloning of a catalase gene cluster from the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodospirillum rubrum S1 and characterization of the catalase overexpressed in E. coli. In: Proceedings of the 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, May 18-22. Washington, DC. pp.335.
  • Malinverni J, Kukor JJ. 2003. Two homologous transcriptional activators with distinct effector affinity profiles allow for utilization of a broad range of substrates by a toluene-3-monooxygenase pathway. In: Proceedings of the 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, May 18-22. Washington, DC. pp.526.
  • Nam K, Kukor JJ. 2003. Bioavailability of organohalides. In: Dehalogenation: Microbial Processes and Environmental Applications. Kluwer Academic Press, pp.291-302.
  • Park J, Malinverni J, Adriaens P, Kukor JJ. 2003. Quantitative structure–activity relationship (QSAR) analysis of aromatic effector specificity in NtrC-like transcriptional activators from aromatic oxidizing bacteria. FEMS Microbiol Lett 224(1):45-52. PMID:12855166
  • Putthividhya A, Abriola LM, Kukor JJ. 2003. Effects of Substrate Exposure History on the EPS Production fo TCE Degrading Toluene Oxidizing Bacteria. In: Proceedings of the 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, May 18-22. Washington, DC.


  • Cho Y, Kahng H, Kukor JJ, Kim C, Oh K. 2002. Physiological and cellular responses of the 2,4-D degrading bacterium, Burkholderia cepacia YK-2, to the phenoxyherbicides 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T. Curr Microbiol 45(6):415-422. doi:10.1007/s00284-002-3784-8 PMID:12402082
  • Kahng H, Nam K, Kukor JJ, Yoon BJ, Lee DH, Oh D, Kam S, Oh K. 2002. PAH utilization by Pseudomonas rhodesiae KK1 isolated from a former manufactured-gas plant site. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 60(4):475-480. doi:10.1007/s00253-002-1137-y PMID:12466890
  • Kukor JJ, Malinverni J. 2002. Regulation of a bacterial aromatic monooxygenase pathway in response to solvent exposure. Journal of Microbiology 40(4):249-253.
  • Nam K, Moon HS, Kim JY, Kukor JJ. 2002. Linkage between biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and phospholipid profiles in soil isolates. J Microbiol Biotechnol 12(1):77-83.
  • Park J, Kukor JJ, Abriola LM. 2002. Characterization of the adaptive response to trichloroethylene-mediated stresses in Ralstonia pickettii PKO1. Appl Environ Microbiol 68(11):5231-5240. PMID:12406709 PMCID:PMC129943


  • Birdsall K, Kukor JJ, Cheney MA. 2001. Uptake of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds by the gills of the bivalve mollusk Elliptio complanata. Environ Toxicol Chem 20(2):1031-1036. PMID:11351430
  • Cheney MA, Birdsall K, Kukor JJ. 2001. Uptake and diverse effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on the metabolic activity of Elliptio complanata measured by calorespirometry. Environ Toxicol Chem 20:1031-1036. PMID:11337865
  • Kahng H, Malinverni J, Majko MM, Kukor JJ. 2001. Genetic and functional analysis of the tbc operons for catabolism of alkyl- and chloroaromatic compounds in Burkholderia sp strain JS150. Appl Environ Microbiol 67(10):4805-4816. PMID:11571188 PMCID:PMC93235
  • Nam K, Rodriguez W, Kukor JJ. 2001. Enhanced degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by biodegradation combined with a modified Fenton reaction. Chemosphere 45(1):11-20. PMID:11572585
  • Park J, Chen Y, Kukor JJ, Abriola LM. 2001. Influence of substrate exposure history on biodegradation in a porous medium. J Contam Hydrol 51(3-4):233-256. PMID:11588828
  • Park J, Kukor JJ, Abriola LM. 2001. TCE inducibility, cometabolism, and toxicity in Ralstonia pickettii PKO1 at high TCE concentrations. In: Proceedings of the American Society for Microbiology, 101st General Meeting. Orlando, FL.


  • Kahng H, Byrne AM, Olsen RH, Kukor JJ. 2000. Characterization and role of tbuX in utilization of toluene by Ralstonia pickettii PKO1. J Bacteriol 182(5):1232-1242. PMID:10671442 PMCID:PMC94407
  • Kahng H, Kukor JJ, Oh K. 2000. Characterization of strain HY99, a novel microorganism capable of aerobic and anaerobic degradation of aniline. FEMS Microbiol Lett 190(2):215-221. PMID:11034282
  • Kahng H, Kukor JJ, Oh K. 2000. Physiological and phylogenetic analysis of Burkholderia sp. HY1 capable of aniline degradation. J Microbiol Biotechnol 10:643-650.
  • Kahng H, Nam K, Berger A, Suarez P, Kukor JJ. 2000. Structural analyses of microbial communities from PAH-contaminated soils. In: Proceedings of the American Society for Microbiology 100th general meeting. pp.Q-203.
  • Kahng H, Nam K, Kukor JJ, Oh K. 2000. Catabolic potential of Pseudomonas rhodesiae strain KK1 isolated from PAH-contaminated soil at a former manufactured gas plant (MGP) facility. In: Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Korean Association of Biological Sciences. Taejon, Korea, pp.B-308.
  • Nam K, Kahng H, Kukor JJ. 2000. Determination of the biodegradation potential of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons at a former manufactured gas plant site. In: Proceedings of the American Society for Microbiology 100th general meeting. pp.Q-201.
  • Nam K, Kukor JJ. 2000. Combined ozonation and biodegradation for remediation of mixtures of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soil. Biodegradation 11:1-9. PMID:11194968
  • Nam K, Kukor JJ. 2000. Enhanced degradability of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by combined chemical oxidation and biodegradation. In: Case Studies in the Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds. Battelle Press, Columbus, OH. pp.197-204.


  • Abriola LM, Park J, Chen Y, Kukor JJ. 1999. Exploring the dependence of PKO1 degradative activity on substrate exposure history in porous media. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Subsurface Microbiology, August 22-27. Vail, CO.
  • Kukor JJ. 1999. In situ bioremediation of fuel hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents in suboxic aquifer environments: What controls microbial activity?. In: Environ Toxicol. New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology, Trenton, NJ. pp.pp.117-129.
  • Park J, Fathepure SL, Chen Y, Kukor JJ, Abriola LM. 1999. Effects of substrate concentration history on expression of toluene degradative activities of Ralstonia pickettii PKO1 in a laboratory sand column. In: Proceedings of the 99th General American Society for Microbiology Meeting. Chicago, IL.
  • Urbance JW, Kukor JJ, Tiedje JM. 1999. Analysis of the phylogenetic distribution of biodegradative bacteria. In: Proceedings of the International Symposium Pseudomonas. Maui, HI.


  • Olsen RH, Kukor JJ, Byrne AM, Johnson GR. 1997. Evidence for the evolution of a single component phenol/cresol hydroxylase from a multicomponent toluene monooxygenase. J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol 19(5-6):360-368. PMID:9451833
  • Olsen RH, Kukor JJ, Byrne AM, Johnson GR. 1997. Recruitment of an alkyl-substituted phenol/benzene regulated system for the evolution of a unit peptide phenol hydroxylase. In: Proceedings of the VIth International Congress on Pseudomonas. pp.133.


  • Kukor JJ, Olsen RH. 1996. Catechol 2,3-dioxygenases functional in oxygen-limited (hypoxic) environments. Appl Environ Microbiol 62(5):1728-1740. PMID:8633871 PMCID:PMC167947
  • Olsen RH, Kukor JJ, Leahy JG, Johnson GR. 1996. "Natural" genetic engineering for the metabolism of trichloroethylene and xylene hydrocarbons in low-oxygen environments. In: Proceedings of the 35th Hanford Symposium on Health and the Environment, Microbial Genome Research and its Applications. Richland, WA. pp.55-56.


  • Byrne AM, Kukor JJ, Olsen RH. 1995. Sequence analysis of the gene cluster encoding toluene-3-monooxygenase from Pseudomonas pickettii PKO1. Gene 154(1):65-70. PMID:7867951
  • Olsen RH, Mikesell MD, Kukor JJ, Byrne AM. 1995. Physiological attributes of microbial BTEX degradation in oxygen-limited environments. Environ Health Perspect 103(supp.5):49-51. PMID:8565910


  • Kukor JJ, Olsen RH. 1992. Complete nucleotide sequence of tbuD, the gene encoding phenol/cresol hydroxylase from Pseudomonas pickettii PKO1, and functional analysis of the encoded enzyme. J Bacteriol 174(20):6518-6526. PMID:1400204 PMCID:PMC207615
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