The Human Side of Dr. Montville


Looking through the microscope and seeing the little beasties is one of microbiology’s great pleasures.

Undergraduate students working in the Montville Laboratory.

The Indiana Jones of Food Microbiology, Dr. Montville works with ranchers to understand the microbiology of pulque production in Oaxaca, Mexico. He is an International Visiting Professor at the Universidad Technológica de la Mixteca, Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca, Mexico. (Valadez-Blanco, R., Bravo-Villa, G., Santos-Sánchez, N.F., Velasco-Almendarez, S.I. and Montville, T.J. 2012.  The artisanal production of pulque, a traditional beverage of the Mexican highlands. Probiotics Antimicrob. Prot. 4:140-144.)

 Drs. Mohamed Badaoui Najjar and Montville on graduation day.

Dr. Montville’s three children, a theatrical carpenter in New Jersey, a teacher in NYC, and an
attorney in Denver, bring him immeasurable joy and fulfillment.

Was he actually a member of the 2002 Olympic bobsled team, or is he  just another skier in a silly hat?

An endurance athlete, Dr. Montville completed the Philadelphia
 and New York City Marathons and rode his bicycle
across America. Check out his cross country bicycle adventure.