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Dr. Brenda P. Alston-Mills, PhD

Associate Dean & Professor Michigan State University


Brenda Alston-Mills was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was educated in the Philadelphia public school system. She graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls and then earned her Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry at Lycoming College. She continued her education at Michigan State University receiving both her Master of Science degree, and her doctorate in Zoology with a major emphasis in Physiology. Dr. Alston-Mills has served on the faculty of the University of Maryland, North Carolina State and currently is the Associate Dean & Professor of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.
Her strong interest in culture led her to also attain a minor in French language and she studied in Pau, France. She traveled to the Caribbean, Ghana, Brazil, Venezuela, Norway, England, Scotland, Italy, and Spain. Her travels and
understanding of other cultures has allowed her to be a strong mentor for studies from all countries and backgrounds. She has been invited nationally and internationally to share her philosophy of teaching as well as to present her work in research.
Her academic training has allowed her to pursue studies in the biology of mammary glands as it relates to breast cancer research.

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