Dr. Minji Kim
Minji Kim received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis (UCD) and has conducted postdoctoral research in Stefan Wuertz’s lab at UCD. In her graduate studies she investigated the decay of host-associated microbial source tracking (MST) genetic markers in marine and freshwater sediments. In addition, she performed two MST water quality monitoring projects to identify the sources of fecal contamination in a Northern California coastal area. As a postdoctoral scholar, Minji continues her interest in integrating engineering with microbiology to address public health concerns. She has worked to identify pathogenic bacteria and viruses in aerosol and to optimize a propidium monoazide (PMA) quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) method for analysis of viable parasite (oo)cysts on leafy greens and shellfish. Minji enjoys spending time with her family exploring her community. She also loves hiking, gardening and reading.