Sharon Miller, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Office Location:  Stephens Hall, Room 218B
Telephone: 630-844-6194
Fax:  630-844-3852    
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Sharon Miller is a new faculty member in the College of Arts & Sciences, bringing experience in areas of materials and biomedical engineering.   Dr. Miller served as an adjunct lecturer in physics at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI from 2007-2009.  She is the author of two book chapters covering her expertise in biomineralization and phage display in Biological Interactions on Materials Surfaces: Understanding and Controlling Protein, Cell, and Tissue Responses (2009) and Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (2008).

Dr. Miller finished a research fellowship in the Department of Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor focusing on the discovery of biomolecular probes that target colorectal cancer and working within a Network for Translational Research (NTR) consortium funded by the National Institutes of Health. Prior to joining the NTR, Miller attained her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2008. As a graduate student, Miller's thesis work discovered promising dual-functioning peptides for application in bone tissue engineering, providing a new paradigm for peptide development linking organic and inorganic materials. 

While pursuing her academic career, Miller has acquired over two years of hands-on experience from internship (Guidant, Inc. Santa Clara, CA) and co-op experiences (AK Steel Middletown, OH) in industry.  She holds 3 patents regarding the design and fabrication of cardiovascular stents and another patent in submission for her early colon cancer detection work.

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) 2008
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) 2003
B.S. Materials Science Engineering, Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) 2002

Areas of Specialization
Biomolecular Probes
Tissue Engineering
Bone Cancer

Courses Taught
General Physics I
General Physics II
Science Foundations
Principles of Chemistry

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Miller SJ, Joshi BP, Feng Y, Gaustad A, Fearon ER, et al. (2011) In Vivo Fluorescence-Based Endoscopic Detection of Colon Dysplasia in the Mouse Using a Novel Peptide Probe. PLoS ONE 6(3): e17384. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017384

Addison WN, Miller SJ, Ramasawamy J, Mansouri AM, Kohn DH, McKee MD, "Phosphorylation of Mineral-Specific Peptide Sequences Discovered via Phage Display," Biomaterials 31(36): 9422-9430, Dec 2010.

Segvich S, Kohn DH, Biological Interactions on Materials Surfaces: Understanding and Controlling Protein, Cell, and Tissue Responses, Chapter Title: Phage Display as a Strategy for Designing Organic/Inorganic Biomaterials, 2009. Eds. Bizios R, Puleo D.

Segvich S, Smith HC, Kohn DH, "The adsorption of preferential binding peptides to apatite-based materials," Biomaterials 30(7):1287-98, Mar 2009.

Segvich S, Luong LN, Kohn DH, Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Chapter Title: Biomimetic Approaches to Synthesize Mineral and Mineral/Organic Biomaterials, 2008. Eds. Ahmed W, Ali N, Ochsner A.

Segvich S, Smith HC, Luong LN, Kohn DH,  "Uniform Three-Dimensional Biomineralization of Protein Incorporated Mineral Layer on Porous Polymer Scaffolds," Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B, Volume 84B(2): 340-49, 2008.

Other Interests
My two boys