Dr. Chris Miller is Kansas native from Garnett who received all three of his degrees from Kansas State University – a bachelor’s in milling science and management, a master’s in grain science and a doctorate in biochemistry.
Dr. Miller began teaching at K-State in 2009 in the Department of Grain Science and Industry. In 2013, the Kansas Wheat Commission awarded Miller a two-year grant to conduct research into tackling the foundations of how to create a celiac-safe wheat.
In August 2014, Miller moved from Shellenberger Hall on main campus to the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center on north campus. In his position as the director of wheat quality research for Heartland Plant Innovations, he is able to continue his research on behalf of Kansas wheat farmers.
“It is really rare to be able to keep the funding. I was lucky to leave and take some of the projects I loved with me,” Miller said. He continued to say that HPI supports this research, “because it is the right thing to do, not because it is their primary mission.”
Miller is married to Brandi Miller, the assistant director of the IGP Institute, conveniently located across the parking lot from the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center. The two met in class at K-State and worked together at Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before moving home to Kansas. They have two children.