Kyria Boundy-Mills collecting yeast strains
in Nicaragua

Biography of
Kyria Boundy-Mills

Dr. Kyria Boundy-Mills joined the Phaff collection in 1999.  She had the honor of working directly with Herman Phaff for the last two years of his life, and took over the management of his yeast culture collection when he died in 2001.

Boundy-Mills received her B.S. in chemistry from Hope College, Holland, Michigan, in 1987, and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1992.  Her thesis research covered the function of the RAD52 gene, which is involved in DNA repair and recombination in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

After three post-doctoral research projects in various areas of bacterial microbial ecology, she moved to Davis in 1998.  She served as the temporary curator of the Wine Yeast and Bacteria culture collection in the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology from 1998 to 1999. 

Boundy-Mills has several duties as the curator of the Phaff Yeast Culture Collection:

The Phaff collection collaborates with other biological collections at UC Davis, including a biodiversity project in Indonesia, of which Boundy-Mills is the PI. This project involves the UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology, Herbarium, and Museum of Wildlife and Fish Biology. More information on this exciting NIH-funded project is available at Boundy-Mills' Google Scholar page lists research publications:

Boundy-Mills would be delighted to answer your questions regarding the Phaff collection, and yeast microbiology in general.

Here's to yeast! Photo courtesy of Randy Pench/
Sacramento Bee


Phaff Yeast Culture Collection
Kyria Boundy-Mills, Curator | tel: 1(530) 754-5575 | fax: 1(530) 752-4759 | email: