Olga Kopp

Faculty Member

Dr. Olga Kopp


I joined the Department of Biology at UVU in July 2003. Prior to this, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I completed my Ph.D. in biology with an emphasis on plant molecular biology/plant-microbe interactions. I also have a Master's degree in Ornamental Horticulture. I enjoy teaching and mentoring students to engage them in their learning. I am interested in research dealing with plant micropropagation of endangered species, fungal and bacterial biofilms, and other interesting biology questions.


Ph D, University of Tennessee, 2002

Major: Plant Molecular Biology

MS, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, 1996

Major: Plant tissue culture

BS, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 1991

Major: Biology



Biology Internship, Spring 2024

BOT 481R

Botany Internship, Spring 2024

BIOL 1610

College Biology I BB, Spring 2024

BOT 3800

Ethnobotany WE, Spring 2024


Professional Development, Spring 2024


Kopp, Olga , Botany Conference - June 2024, "Project-Based Learning in an ethnobotany course", Society for Economic Botany and Botanical Society of America., Grand Rapids, MI. (June, 2024)
Bailie, Cori (Presenter & Author), Kopp, Olga (Author Only), UASAL (Spring 2024), "Antibiotic bioprospecting from soil bacteria against ESKAPE pathogens.", Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, University of Utah, SLC.. (March 23, 2024)
Weir, Tabitha (Presenter & Author), Cepeda, Iris (Presenter & Author), Cook, Jonathan (Presenter & Author), Ordonez, Honey (Presenter & Author), Kopp, Olga (Author Only), UCUR - (Spring 2024), "Changes in alkaloid concentration of Solanum lycopersicum as a response to herbivory and simulated herbivory.", Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, Utah Valley University. (February 16, 2024)
Ingram, Samantha (Presenter & Author), Cherrington, Emily (Presenter & Author), Loveland, Chloe (Presenter & Author), Welch, Ryanne (Presenter & Author), Kopp, Olga , UCUR - (Spring 2024), "How substrate type influences the germination of Ocimum basilicum.", Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research., Utah Valley University, Orem, UT. (February 16, 2024)
Bailie, Cori (Presenter & Author), Majers, Arlene (Presenter & Author), Judge, Katherine (Presenter & Author), Kopp, Olga (Author Only), UCUR - (Spring 2024), "Production of antibiotics in soil bacteria against ESKAPE pathogens. ", Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, Utah Valley University. (February 16, 2024)
Beekman, Lindsay (Presenter & Author), Kopp, Olga (Author Only), UCUR - (Spring 2024), "Utah's heritage_ a little known story of Mormonism and eugenics.", Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, Utah Valley University. (February 16, 2024)

Scholarly/Creative Works

DeNittis, Alyson , Larson, Joseph , Kopp, Olga , Springer, Array , (2023) "Micropropagation of Lepidium ostleri (Brassicaceae) a native endemic species. (Submitted 2023)" (Issue: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11627-023-10376-y, vol. 59). Springer: In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology- Plant. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11627-023-10376-y#:~:text=Micropropagation%20of%20L.,production%20or%20experimental%20out%2Dplanting.
Slezak, Cyrill , Anderson, Karaleen , Hillock, Tyson , Kopp, Olga , Sterflinger, Katja , Dungel, Peter , Miller, Mariel , Slezak, Paul , (2022) "Shockwaves increase in vitro resilience of Rhizopus oryzae biofilm under Amphotericin B treatment" (Issue: 16, vol. 23). International Journal of Molecular Sciences. https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/23/16/9226
Kopp, Olga , Hunt, Kendall , (2022) "Ethnobotany: A Modern Perspective - Rani Vajravelu (2022)" .
Houghton, Sydney , Meyer, Susan E, Kopp, Olga , (2022) "Propagation by means of embryo excision for endangered clay phacelia ex situ seed production (2022)" (Issue: 1, vol. 23). United States: Native Plants Journal. https://npj.uwpress.org/content/23/1/115
Pandey, V.N. , Chauhan, Vandana , Pandey, V.S. , Upadhyaya, P.P. , Kopp, Olga , (2019) "Moringa oleifera Lam_ A biofunctional edible plant from India, Phytochemistry and Medicinal Properties. " (Issue: 1, vol. 8). Journal of Plant Studies. https://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/jps/article/view/0/38341
Kopp, Olga R, (2019) "Analysis of attitudes toward the use of essential oils among Utah Valley University students. " (vol. 96). Salt Lake City, UT: The Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences. PO Box 1474


Honors Mentor of the Year Award. May 5, 2022.

Honors program - May 5, 2022

Award given to an outstanding mentor of a student in the Honors program

Outstanding Educator of the Year Award - 2018

UVU - based on votes from the class of 2018 - May, 2018

Outstanding Educators Awards are awarded based on votes from the Class of 2018.

Higher Education Academy -Senior Fellow 2016

Higher Education Academy - October 10, 2016

recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education. PRI07027 – 10/10/2016

Presidential Award of Excellence - Engagement 2017

Office of the President - May, 2016

The UVU Awards of Excellence recognize faculty and staff who dedicate their time and talent to students, scholarship and the advancement of higher education

College of Science & Health Dean's Award of Excellence - Scholarship 2016

Office of the Dean - March 30, 2016

Given by the dean for_ "the outstanding job you do for the Department of Biology and the College of Science & Health"

Outstanding Faculty 2014-2015

Department Chair - June 30, 2015

Exemplary service to the Utah Valley University Biology Department