Faculty

The Chemistry faculty at IWU have diverse backgrounds, coming with industrial, government, and even seminary experience. The many years of experience represented by the faculty listed below offer students a variety of viewpoints on how chemistry can be used and why chemistry is important. Active research projects involve everything from the discovery of new antimalarial drugs to development of fiber optics to environmental and forensic chemistry. Research is seen as such a vital part of the education process that all students are required to become involved in at least one of the projects for a part of the time they are at IWU.

Click on a faculty member's name below to learn more about that individual.

Grace Ju Miller; MS, PhD Prof; Biology Grace.Miller@indwes.edu

Biography

Dr. Grace MIller grew up in the Philippines. She studied Botany and Art at Duke and worked for Young Life Wilderness Ranch in Colorado for six summers. She recieved a M.S. in Agronomy from UC Davis and a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Purdue. She was a Park Ranger at Cape Lookout and spent a semester at the Duke Marine Lab. Dr. Miller worked for a biotech company in California. She was a postdoc at the Smithsonian and at Gordon College for 11 years. She worked as the Seed Bank director for ECHO farm in Florida, and taught in Morocco for 2 years. She is married with 2 kids. She has directed international courses in biology for 14 years.

Educational Background:

  • B.A., 1980, Duke University
  • M.S., 1984, University of California, Davis
  • Ph.D., 1990, Purdue University

Interests

  • Sustainable agricultural development
  • Research in Moringa as antibacterial medicinal plant
  • Research in Cd tolerance of corn
  • Cloning GDH genes in corn
  • Currently looking at Artemesia plant as a possible natural herbicide

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