Below is a list of our Miller members who have recently received awards or who have been highlighted in the media. Also, the Miller Newsletters is another way to find out what is currently happening in our Miller Community.

  • Claude-André Faucher-Giguère (Miller Fellow 2010 - 2013) has been named as one of the 2018 Cottrell Scholars for his innovative research proposal and education program, "The Physics, Observational Signatures, and Consequences of Galactic Winds Driven by Active Galactic Nuclei."

  • Barbara Meyer (Miller Senior Fellow 2013-2018) has been recognized by the Genetics Society with the 2018 Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for her groundbreaking work on chromosome behaviors that govern gene expression, development, and heredity.

    Barbara Meyer has been awarded the 2017 Francis Amory Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for distinguished achievements in the area of medicine and reproductive physiology.

  • Svante Pääbo (Visiting Miller Professor 2013) received the 2018 HFSP Nakasone Award for his discovery of the extent to which hybridization with Neanderthals and Denisovans has shaped the evolution of modern humans, and his development of techniques for sequencing DNA from fossils.

  • Omar Yaghi (Visiting Miller Professor 2009) received the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences “for his pioneering work in the conception and synthesis of new crystalline materials, MOFs and COFs, of major impact in science and engineering,” with potential applications that extend to “the capture and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) and trapping water molecules in air to produce water for drinking.”

  • Corrie Moreau (Miller Fellow 2007-2008) has been appointed as the Robert A. Pritzker Director of the Integrative Research Center. In this position, she will facilitate and promote the work of the ~70 scientists to develop a vision for scientific research using 35 million specimens and artifacts.

  • National Academy of Sciences Honors Two Miller Members for their extraordinary scientific achievements:

    • Ewine F. van Dishoeck (Visiting Miller Professor 2000) - is recognized for improving our understanding of how molecules, stars, and planets form.
    • Jennifer Doudna (Miller Senior Fellow 2017) - is honored for co-inventing the technology for efficient site-specific genome engineering using CRISPR/Cas9 nucleases.

  • Richard Saykally (Miller Professor 1985-1986, 1997-1998, 2006) is recognized with the E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy for the development of powerful new laser spectroscopy technology and its application for pioneering studies of molecular ions, water, and aqueous solutions and their surfaces.

  • Alejandro Rico-Guevara's (Miller Fellow 2017-2020) research on hummingbirds is featured in the Fall 2017 "Insight" issue of the Department of Integrative Biology. He will be giving an invited seminar at Yale in March. Camera traps that Alejandro and his team use in their research were chosen as the top conservation tech innovation for 2017.

  • Former Miller Professors Received Humboldt Foundation Research Awards:

    • Allen Goldstein (Miller Professor 2011), atmospheric chemist is credited for studying the balance between natural and human sources of trace gases and aerosols in earth’s atmosphere, included the gases that contribute to air pollution, climate change and ozone depletion.
    • Hitoshi Murayama (Miller Professor 2006), physicist is honored for theoretical work on particle physics, quantum field theory, collider physics, dark matter, dark energy, inflation, grand unification and neutrino physics.

  • Miller Members Elected AAAS Fellows:

    • Marla Feller (Miller Fellow 1994 - 1996) is credited for her outstanding, influential, original discoveries in neuroscience, particularly mechanisms and development roles for activity waves, gap junctions and motion detection in the retina.
    • Ron Cohen (Miller Professor 2015 - 2016) is honored for insights into how chemistry affects the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere, especially the chemistry of nitrogen oxides and the isotopes of water.
    • Marc Kamionkowski (Visiting Miller Professor 2010) is recognized for his contributions to theoretical astrophysics and cosmology, specifically his work on the theory of the cosmic microwave background, or CMB.
    • Ian Macara (Visiting Miller Professor 1997) is recognized for distinguished contributions to the field of cell biology, particularly for advances in understanding mechanisms driving epithelial cell polarity and aberrant cell signaling in cancer.

  • Grant Remmen (Miller Fellow 2017 - 2020) won the 2018 J.J. and Noriko Sakurai Dissertation Award in Theoretical Particle Physics "for his contributions to understanding the structure and self-consistency of gravity and effective field theories using ideas from quantum field theory and holography."

  • Alexander Levitzki (Visiting Miller Professor 2008) shared EMET Life Sciences Award for his protein kinases inhibitors in cancer research. Also, he was elected as foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • Jeremy Thorner (Miller Professor 1984 - 1985, 1999 - 2000) is recognized by the American Society for Cell Biology as a Fellow for his lifetime achievements in advancing cell biology.

  • Adrian Bejan (Miller Fellow 1976 - 1978) was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal for 2018 for “his pioneering interdisciplinary contributions in thermodynamics and convection heat transfer that have improved the performance of engineering systems, and for constructal theory, which predicts natural design and its evolution in engineering, scientific, and social systems.”

  • Omar Yaghi (Visiting Miller Professor 2009) receives the 2017 Albert Einstein World Award of Science Prize for his ground-breaking scientific contributions in making materials by stitching organic and inorganic units through strong bonds into robust, porous crystalline metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs), and for establishing a new field of chemistry - Reticular Chemistry.

  • Lucy Pao (Visiting Miller Professor 2008) wins major scientific awards this year: 2017 Control Engineering Practice Award from the American Automatic Control Council and the European Academy of Wind Energy Scientific Award 2017.

  • Naomi Ginsberg (Miller Professor 2017 - 2018) research team's approach to track nanoscale process of energy flow will enable previously unattainable correlation of local material structure to photoexcitation migration character. The research results are available online at the Nature Materials website.

  • Two Miller Members elected to the National Academy of Medicine:

    • Arup K. Chakraborty (Miller Professor 2000) - for his work on bringing together immunology and the physical and engineering sciences. He is one of a small number of individuals who are members of all three branches of the US National Academies.
    • Nicholas Jewell (Miller Professor 2004) - for his research in biostatistics and statistics related to infectious diseases, including AIDS, as well as in epidemiological data analysis, in survival analysis and stochastic processes, and in genomics.

  • Kelly (Thi Hoang Duong) Nguyen (Miller Fellow 2016 - 2019) co-authored the article presented in Nature Collection of Research, Methods, Reviews and Comment to celebrate the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 award.

  • Richard Henderson (Visiting Miller Professor 1993) shares the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2017 with Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution.

  • Bin Yu's (Miller Professor Spring 2004, 2016 - 2017) post was featured by NAS in honor of the World Statistics Day.

  • Inez Fung (Miller Professor 2016 - 2017) is part of an international scientific team refining the detection skills of the new Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2, launched in 2014. She discusses how to verify that nations are living up to their carbon-reduction promises.

  • Jeffrey Townsend (Miller Fellow 2002 - 2005) is one of principal investigators of interdisciplinary team of Yale researchers at the Yale's New Center to Advance Biology Research to make headway on the next frontier of synthetic biology - re-engineering cells to produce novel synthetic polymers.

  • Jeff Long (Miller Professor 2011) describes a research about cooperative MOF, a fundamental new mechanism that adsorbs carbon dioxide far better than other materials. The research was supported by the Center for Gas Separations Relevant to Clean Energy Technologies, an Energy Frontier Research Center operated jointly by UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Omar Yaghi (Visiting Miller Professor 2009) wins the 2017 Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry International Award for his pioneering research in Reticular Chemistry and the development of porous crystalline Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs).

  • Eve Ostriker (Visiting Miller Professor 2009) recognized by the Simons Foundation with the 2017 Simons Investigator Award for her “major contributions to our understanding of the role of the interstellar medium in star formation and galactic structure and evolution, with a focus on the role of turbulence and on the effects of energy returned by massive stars to the interstellar medium.”

  • Chemists Peidong Yang (Miller Professor 2009) and Kelsey Sakimoto have turned bacteria into efficient solar collectors to convert carbon dioxide into acetic acid, which serves as food for other bacteria producing useful fuels and chemicals.

  • Cédric Villani (Visiting Miller Professor 2004), Fields Medal winner speaks to the thrill of discovery and details the sometimes perplexing life of a mathematician.

  • Steven Poe (Miller Fellow 2000-2002) has discovered two new species of Anolis in Costa Rica and Panama. He has honored Miller Institute Chief Administrative Officer, Kathryn Day, by naming one of the discoveries Anolis kathydayae, citing her contributions "to the professional and personal development of scientists and the advancement of basic science through her position running the Miller Institute".

  • Jennifer Doudna (Miller Senior Fellow 2017) who co-invented CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing shares the 2017 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research for groundbreaking work leading to current medical advances.

  • John Hartwig (Visiting Miller Professor 2009) discusses a new appoach to discover chemical reactions that could help us pick up the pace, thanks to a clever method and a smart Excel spreadsheet.

  • Eric Neuscamman (Miller Fellow 2011-2014) has received 2017 Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy to further his work on combining theoretical chemistry and the mathematics of random processes to design high‐fidelity models for electron transfer.

  • Peidong Yang (Miller Professor 2009), study principal investigator that finds tunable halide perovskites could usher in new generation of optoelectronic devices. The findings, published online this week in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • Louise Glass (Miller Professor 2011 - 2012) is being recognized as an outstanding mycologist by being named Fellow of Mycological Society of America and will be honored as one of two new fellows of the Mycological Society of America (MSA) at their annual meeting in Athens, GA.