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Dr. David A. Mills

Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S. University of Minnesota
Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Minnesota

Office: 3142 RMI North Building
Phone: 530-754-7821
Fax: 530-752-0382
Email: damills(at)ucdavis.edu
Website: http://mills.ucdavis.edu/


Dr. Mills studies the molecular biology and ecology of bacteria that play an active role in gut health or fermented foods and beverages. In the last 20 years Dr. Mills has mentored over 30 graduate students and postdocs and published more than 100 papers, including seminal work on lactic acid bacterial and bifidobacterial genomics. At UC Davis, Dr. Mills co-founded the Milk Bioactives Program—a successful multidisciplinary effort to define, investigate and translate the beneficial aspects of human milk and its role in human health. Dr. Mills has served as a Waksman Foundation Lecturer for the American Society for Microbiology and currently serves as an associate editor for the journal Microbiology. In 2010 Dr. Mills was awarded the Cargill Flavor Systems Specialties Award from the American Dairy Science Association and in 2012 he was named the Peter J. Shields Chair in Dairy Food Science. Dr. Mills also serves on the Science/Research Advisory Boards of several food and health-focused companies and his research has helped launch two start up companies.

Dr. Mills studies the molecular biology of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) in food/beverage fermentations or active as probiotics in intestinal health. A general goal of his research is to investigate linkage between genome content, ecological context, and specific strain behavior that enables a more comprehensive understanding of LAB biology in their “working” environments.

He teaches a number of courses including: Wine Microbiology (VEN128), Wine Microbiology Laboratory (VEN128L), Advances in Wine Science (VEN224). In addition Dr. Mills participates in several other Food Science and Microbiology courses.

For a more detailed description of the activities in the Mills lab go to: http://mills.ucdavis.edu/

       Selected Publications

Publications ( http://mills.ucdavis.edu/publications )

Presentations ( http://mills.ucdavis.edu/presentations )

Google Scholar Page (http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=K4xD9GAAAAAJ

LinkedIn Page ( http://www.linkedin.com/pub/david-mills/4/56b/822 )




Dairy Management Inc.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Department of Energy

American Vineyard Foundation

California Competitive Grants Program for Research in Viticulture and Enology

California Dairy Research Foundation

UC Discovery Program