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Faculty Profile
Jennifer Goff

Assistant Professor

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219 Jahn Laboratory


Current opportunities in my lab:

If you are an undergraduate looking for a semester or summer position, please send me an email describing your interests within the context of my lab's work and attach a copy of your current resume. 

If you are a prospective graduate student, please look at the graduate programs in the Department of Chemistry or the Graduate Program in Environmental Science to see what the program requirements are and at the application page for graduate programs to see what the admission requirements are. At this time, I am unable to financially support an additional graduate student. If this changes, I will advertise any new openings. For now, all interested students would need to bring in an external fellowship. A list of nationally competitive graduate fellowships can be found here

If you are interested in a postdoctoral position, we will need to write fellowship proposals. There is a comprehensive list of fellowship opportunities here. Please reach out if there is research you'd like to do in my group and a proposal you'd like to write! I am happy to suppport you through this process. 


My research examines the physiology and evolution of microorganisms native to contaminated environments. In particular, I am studying how complex combinations of environmental stressors such as heavy metals and other contaminants, warming, and fire impact the activities of key microbial populations. I am interested in how these stressors impact nitrogen and carbon transformations by microorganisms. Additionally,  I am exploring adaptive evolution in the context of these stressors with a particular focus on the role of mobile genetic elements in this process.

Goff Lab Website 

Up-to-Date Publications List

Professional Experience

2023 - Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

2021 - 2023: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Georgia

2020 - 2021: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, Rutgers-New Brunswick


PhD in Microbial Biology, Rutgers-New Brunswick (2020)

BS in Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology (2014)


FCH 797 (1 credit, Spring): Introduction to Systems Biology in Environmental Science

FCH 430 (3 credits, Fall): Biochemistry I

FCH 431 (1 credit, Fall): Biochemistry Lab