Dr. Bonny Millimaki

Assistant Professor

Bonny Millimaki grew up in the middle Tennessee area surrounded by her very large and loving family. Following high school Bonny attended Middle Tennessee State University where she earned her B.S. degree in Biology. There she became fascinated with the fact that every cell within the human body has the same DNA yet they often look and function differently. How do cells know to become brain cells or heart cells? To answer this question Bonny began her graduate work in developmental genetics at Texas A&M University. Her work focused on the genetic cues that lead to neural differentiation within the vertebrate ear. By studying how cells differentiate Bonny feels that she is studying God’s tools for creating each of us. While Bonny enjoys research she feels her true passion is helping students find a love for science and teaching them to ask questions about the world around them.

Education: Ph.D. in Genetics, Texas A&M University, B.S. in Biology, Middle Tennessee State University

Courses Taught: BY 1003, BY 2213, BY 2424, BY 4213

Professional Areas of Interest: Ongoing research in developmental genetics using C. elegans as a model

Scholarly Activities and Publications: Publications (3) in Development, Developmental Biology, and Developmental Neurobiology, Poster presentations (4) at International Zebrafish meetings, Texas Zebrafish meetings and Society of Developmental Biology meetings, Oral presentations (3) at Texas Zebrafish meetings and Lost Pines Conferences

Personal: Married Ryan Millimaki (2006) with 2 most successful genetics experiments, Evelyn (2008) and Eleanor (2011). She enjoys spending time with her family and watching Texas aggie football and basketball; whoop.