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David Mills

Department of Food Science and Technology (90%)

Department of Viticulture and Enology (10%)

University of California, Davis

Davis, CA  95616-8749

PH: 530-754-7821

FX: 530-752-0382

EM: damills(at)


Academic Rank

Full Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, UC Davis, 2012-present.

Full Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis, 2008-present.

Associate Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis, 2004-2008

Assistant Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis, 1998-2004

Distribution of time:  60% Research 40% Teaching.



1995 Doctor of Philosophy - Microbiology University of Minnesota:

1992 Masters in Science-Biochemistry University of Minnesota

1985 Bachelor of Science-Biochemistry University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Academic Specialty

Intestinal Microbiology, Prebiotics, Probiotics, Food Microbiology, Microbial Genomics, Metagenomics, Microbial Ecology, Genetics of Lactic Acid Bacteria,



Fellow, American Association of Microbiology (2015-present)

Peter J. Shields Endowed Chair of Dairy Food Science (2012-present)

Cargill Flavor Systems Award, American Dairy Science Association (2010)

Lecturer, Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology (2003-2005)

Document Actions

New BASF project profiled Sep 05, 2018
GeneFigure - A tool developed by Samir Akre to create more intuitive figures Jun 15, 2017
2017 UC Davis Undergraduate Research Conference May 19, 2017
Wine microbiome work profiled in Spirited magazine Mar 15, 2017
Dr. Mills interviewed by Sac Bee on microbiome article Mar 05, 2017
Zach Lewis starts new position at Clorox-Renew Life Feb 19, 2017
Dr. Mills interviewed by Gizmodo Feb 09, 2017
Dr. Mills interviewed by Winery and Vineyard Management Jan 01, 2017
Dr. Mills Interviewed by NorthBay Biz Oct 29, 2016
Dr. Mills interviewed by Reno News & Review Oct 15, 2016
UC Davis Milk Group Profiled in New Yorker Magazine Aug 18, 2016
mBio paper profiled Jul 13, 2016
Sercan Karav's AEM paper profiled Apr 17, 2016
Cell paper profiled Apr 17, 2016
Nina Kirmiz wins poster award Jan 10, 2016
Zach Lewis's Paper on Bifidobacterial Species QC profiled Nov 26, 2015
Frese & Mills interviewed by Proto Magazine on infant microbiome Nov 24, 2015
Wine microbiome work profiled by Nature Plants Nov 24, 2015
Liver Cancer-Gut Microbiome work profiled by Synthesis May 04, 2015
Bokulich interviewed on eLife brewery paper Apr 25, 2015
Zachery Lewis's paper in Microbiome Profiled by NPR and UC Davis Apr 11, 2015
Dr. Mills Elected Fellow in American Academy of Microbiology Feb 25, 2015
Milk Bioactives Group profiled by UC Davis Office of Research Dec 11, 2014
NIH Grant Success on Milk Bioactives!! Nov 26, 2014
UC Davis Milk Bioactives Group Profiled in Science Sep 26, 2014
Steve Frese honored by European Probiotics Association Sep 07, 2014
Nick Bokulich garners 2013-14 Kinsella Thesis award Sep 07, 2014
Bangladesh infant cohort paper profiled Jul 26, 2014
Milk Bioactives Program Profiled in Davis Enterprise Jul 26, 2014
Bokulich Sake Paper Profiled Jul 26, 2014