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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - In a move meant to more closely align its California-based DNA testing lab with NSF’s core scientific testing and research services, the global public health organization recently appointed Jesse Miller, Ph.D., to lead NSF AuthenTechnologies®. Dr. Miller, a molecular microbiologist with extensive experience in custom R&D services as well as primary research leading to peer-reviewed publication, currently serves as Director of Applied Research at NSF.
By bringing NSF AuthenTechnologies® together with NSF’s core scientific research group, the organization is sending a clear message to the dietary supplement community. “We’re aligning further with NSF’s scientific processes and putting transparency at the forefront of what we do at NSF AuthenTechnologies®,” said Dr. Lori Bestervelt, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at NSF. “Dr. Miller is well respected in the scientific community and, with his DNA testing expertise, he’s a great fit for this role.”
Focused on the dietary supplement industry, NSF AuthenTechnologies® uses next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology for DNA authentication of raw materials and identification of ingredients in finished products. The lab also screens for contaminants, adulterants, allergens and fillers in supplement products.
Under Dr. Miller’s leadership, NSF AuthenTechnologies® is expanding the range of services it provides and re-engineering many of its testing, customer service and reporting processes. “Alignment with our scientific processes and innovation are essential, as are customer service and convenience. We’re working to make it easy for customers to use NSF AuthenTechnologies® services,” Dr. Miller said.
As Director of Applied Research, Dr. Miller leads NSF’s custom research and development services, including contract method development; testing and consulting services in chemistry, microbiology, genomics and toxicology; product claim verifications; lab quality management; methods training; and human health risk assessment.
Dr. Miller holds a Ph. D. in microbiology and immunology and has led NSF’s applied research team since February 2016. He brings 16 years of experience in microbiology, molecular biology, next-generation sequencing, product commercialization and front-end innovation to the role. Dr. Miller works with collaborators to perform, publish and promote novel scientific research related to public health and safety issues. He has authored numerous publications and holds over a dozen patents (granted and applied). He invites connections on LinkedIn.
NSF is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. With locations in 30 countries, NSF is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.
NSF’s Applied Research Center provides custom research and development services for all major industries including contract method development; testing and consulting services in chemistry, microbiology, genomics and toxicology; product claim verification; lab quality/management; methods training; and human health risk assessment.