David Mills

David Mills

Position Title

Peter J. Shields Endowed Chair in Dairy Food Science
Food Science and Technology
Viticulture and Enology


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 35 graduate students and postdocs and published more than 175 papers, including seminal work on lactic acid bacterial and bifidobacterial genomics. At UC Davis, Dr. Mills has worked to define, investigate and translate the beneficial aspects of human milk and its role in human health.