Faculty

The faculty in the Biology department are exceptional teachers and excellent scholars. Below, you can see each of the full-time faculty and understand a bit more about what they teach and the research they are conducting. Several research projects are funded by internal grants and a few by external funds, such as those from the National Science Foundation and the Templeton Foundation. There are seven biologists - all of whom have PhDs - and two full-time lab instructors who assist with Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology.

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 Department - Biology Division - Natural Sciences

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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