Texas Tech University

Markus F. Miller, Ph. D.


Professor - Meat Science, Food Processing & Preservation
San Antonio Livestock Exposition Endowed Chair in Meat Science

AFS 200H



Markus F. Miller is the San Antonio Livestock Show Distinguished Chair in Meat Science at Texas Tech University, where he is involved in research with collaborators at USDA, Cargill, Tyson, Intervet, Nebraska Beef, and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. He has been instrumental in helping develop consumer thresholds for beef and holds two patents for processes that improve beef tenderness and muscle color with electrical stimulation. Miller was one of the first to investigate many food safety interventions to reduce the level of pathogens in meat products. Some include organic acids, preharvest dust control, the use of systems interventions in the harvest process and training programs for both U.S. and international meat companies. He developed a research program that first discovered the use of vacuum packaging for pork and the use of beneficial microorganisms to inhibit the pathogen growth on meat. He is passionate about meat judging and has coached numerous winning teams to seven national championships. He earned undergraduate and masters degrees from Texas Tech and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

Meat Science & Muscle Biology