Grace Miller, PhD


Dr. Grace Ju Miller grew up in the Philippines. She studied Botany and Art at Duke University and worked for Young Life Wilderness Ranch in Colorado for six summers. She spent her junior year at the Duke Marine Lab and after graduation worked as a Park Ranger at Cape Lookout National Seashore. She spent a year as a research assistant in Taiwan at the Institute of Botany, Academica Sinica. She received a M.S. in Agronomy from University of California-Davis and worked for a biotech company in California. After obtaining her Ph.D. in Horticulture from Purdue University, she did a postdoc at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland. She was a professor of Biology at Gordon College for 11 years. She was 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 20 years. At Indiana Wesleyan University, she teaches Plant Biology, Marine Ecology, Crops and Society, Nutrition and Sustainable Tropical Agriculture. She is the director of the IWU Alliance Student Garden which utilizes sustainable farming techniques. She is investigating the antibacterial qualities of Moringa oleifera, a medicinal plant originating from India.

Educational Background:

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



  • Sustainable agricultural development
  • Research in Moringa as an antibacterial medicinal plant and nutritional supplement
  • Research in cadmium tolerance of corn
  • Cloning GDH genes in corn
  • Researched Artemisia plant as a possible natural herbicide