Adolfina Koroch

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Deputy Chairperson


Office: N-682

Office Hours:

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=5128

Adolfina Koroch received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina where she conducted research on the physiology and tissue culture of endangered aromatic plants from Central Argentina. In 2001, Professor Koroch came to the United States as visiting scientist at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey to conduct research on the in vitro culture, molecular biology and chemistry of bioactive components of native US medicinal plants. Dr. Koroch joined the BMCC 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).


Plant Ecology and Physiology


  • B.S. Cordoba National University, Argentina, Biology,1990
  • Ph.D. Cordoba National University, Argentina, Biology,1997

Courses Taught

BIO 110 (General Biology)
BIO 210 (Biology I)
BIO 220 (Biology II)

Research and Projects


  • Koroch A. R., H. R. Juliani, C. Sims and J. E. Simon. 2010. Antioxidant activity, total phenolics and rosmarinic acid content in different basils (Ocimum spp.). Israel Journal of Plant Sciences 58: 191-195,
  • Koroch A. R., W. Wang, T. P. Michael, N. Dudai, J. E. Simon and F. C. Belanger. 2010. Estimation of nuclear DNA content of cultivated Ocimum species by using flow cytometry. Israel Journal of Plant Sciences 59: 183-189,
  • Juliani H.R., A.R. Koroch, J.A. Zygadlo, V.S. Trippi. 2011. Evaluation of micropropagation for the introduction into cultivation and conservation of Lippia junelliana, an endemic aromatic plant from Argentina. Industrial Crops and Products 34:1353-135,
  • Villani TS, A.R. Koroch and J.E. Simon. 2013. An improved clearing and mounting solution to replace chloral hydrate in microscopic applications. Applications in Plant Sciences 1 (5): 1300016,
  • Koroch A.R, T. S. Villani, R. M. Pyne, and J. E. Simon. 2013. Rapid Staining Method to Detect and Identify Downy Mildew (Peronospora belbahrii) in Basil. Applications in Plant Sciences 1(7): 1300032,
  • Pyne, R. M., A. R. Koroch, C. A. Wyenandt and J. E. Simon.2014. A rapid screening approach to identify resistance to basil downy mildew (Peronospora belbahrii). HortScience 49 (8):1-5,
  • Villani, T.S., H. Patel, J. Zhen, A. R. Koroch and J. E. Simon. 2015. Microscopy for Quality Assessment of Bilberry Fruit (Vaccinium myrtillus L.). Journal of Medicinally Active Plants 4 (Issue 1-2):8-15,

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Presidential Scholar: Borough of Manhattan Community College of CUNY January 2013-present
  • A subaward: Rutgers University, USDA-NIFA: Strategies for Improving the U.S. Responses to Fusarium, Downy Mildew and Chilling Injury to Production of Sweet Basil, 9/1/2011-8/31/2015.

Additional Information

Professor Koroch has created an environment to motivate and involve students in applied plant research projects thus fostering students’ interest in botanical sciences and science literacy. By involving students in research, she has contributed to advance students careers in the plant sciences and human health. Professor Koroch has mentored undergraduate research projects with students participating in C-STEP, L-SAMP, S-STEM and Honor programs at BMCC.