Dr. Koroch received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina. There she conducted research on the physiology and tissue culture of endangered aromatic plants from Central Argentina. She came to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2001 as a visiting scientist to conduct research on the in vitro culture, molecular biology and chemistry of bioactive components of native US medicinal plants. Dr. Koroch joined the Science department in 2010 and continues to collaborate as a Visiting Scientist with the New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products (Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University (NJ).
Dr. Koroch’s areas of expertise include botany, plant biotechnology, microscopic, chemical and biological identification of medicinal plants and their products. Dr. Koroch also has research interests in regeneration and propagation of unique genotypes of medicinal plants using in vitro culture techniques; the accumulation of natural products under different environmental conditions and in different organs and the biological activity of these natural products. Dr. Koroch is collaborating with Rutgers University researchers on a project searching for the genes associated with disease resistance in basil downy mildew.
Dr. Koroch research expertise has created the environment to motivate and involve students in applied plant research projects thus fostering students’ interest in botanical sciences and science literacy. Dr. Koroch has mentored undergraduate research projects with students participating in C-STEP, L-SAMP, S-STEM and Honor programs at BMCC.