Mulumebet “Millie” Worku, Ph.D

Dr. Mulumbet Title: Professor
Department: Department of Animal Sciences
Phone: 336-285-4816 


  • Bachelor of Sciences , Animal Science, Addis Ababa Univ., Alemaya College of Agriculture, B.S., 1980
  • Master of Science, Animal Science University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 1989
  • PhD, Animal Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, Ph.D., 1993


Prior to joining the faculty of NC A&T State University Dr Millie Worku worked at the United States FDA center for biologics evaluation and research and at the USDA ARS Milk secretion and mastitis lab as a staff fellow and researcher. Dr. Worku currently serves as a tenured full professor in the Department of Animal Sciences. She is the graduate coordinator for the MS in Agricultural and Environmental Systems and for the concentration in Integrated Animal Health systems. She is also the biotechnology advisor for undergraduate students participating in the interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate program in biotechnology. She advises MS and PhD students. Dr. Worku teaches the courses: ANSC 214 Agricultural Genetics, an advanced undergraduate course; ANSC 665 Techniques in Biotechnology; and co-teaches the courses ANSC 410 Dairy Production and AGRI 800 Sustainable Agriculture and Local Food Systems Analysis. Dr. Worku also participates in the training of K-12 teachers in the course AGED 709:  Study and Application of Technological Advances and Best Practices to Agriculture. 

Dr. Worku has received many honors during her tenure at NC A&T State University including the Gamma Sigma Delta and School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences teaching and research excellence award and NC A&T Outstanding University Senior Researcher of the Year 2011 award. She has contributed to capacity building through course enhancement, development, and infrastructure by conducting and participating in diverse faculty development workshops. She serves national and international advisory boards. Her research has contributed to the definition of the role of genetic diversity in inflammation. Her current research interests focus on studies in genomic diversity and innate immunity for the development of novel biotechnologies for global food security.

Focus Area

Human capital development and utilization of genomic advances for global food security.