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Michael J Miller

The Institute for Genomic Biology
United States Virgin Islands


Dr. Miller received a B.S in Environmental Toxicology at the University of California at Davis. From there, he attended Michigan State University and received his Ph.D. in Food Science and Environmental Toxicology. Dr. Miller continued his education as a post-doctoral scientist at North Carolina State University. In January of 2006, Dr. Miller joined the University of Illinois faculty as an Assistant Professor. He and his wife Katherine have two children, Robert and Christopher.

Research Interest

Functional genomics of lactic acid bacteria (LAB); relationship between gut microbiota and health; industrial fermentations; food microbiology and safety. Current projects include: 1) dietary bioactives and gut microbiota; 2) improving the safety of Hispanic-style fresh cheeses; and 3) probiotics and prebiotics.


  • Ibarra-Sanchez LA, Van Tassell ML, Miller MJ. Hispanic-style cheeses and their association with Listeria monocytogenes. J. Dairy Sci. 2017. 100(4):2421.

  • Hoeflinger JL, Miller MJ. Cronobacter sakazakii ATCC 29544 Autoaggregation Requires FliC Flagellation, Not Motility. Frontiers in Microbiology https://doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00301

  • Liu X, Wang Y, Hoeflinger JL, Neme BP, Jeffery EH, Miller MJ. Dietary Broccoli Alters Rat Cecal Microbiota to Improve Glucoraphanin Hydrolysis to Bioactive Isothiocyanates. Nutrients. 2017. 9(3):262. doi:10.3390/nu9030262

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