Lois K. Miller

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Lois Kathryn Miller
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Lois Kathryn Miller
Born(1945-10-08)October 8, 1945
Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States
DiedNovember 9, 1999(1999-11-09) (aged 54)
Athens, Georgia, United States
Cause of deathMelanoma
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUpsala College (BS), University of Wisconsin–Madison (PhD)
Spouse(s)Karl Espelie
ChildrenErin Espelie
AwardsLamar Dodd Award for Outstanding Research, National Institutes of Health Merit Award, Chiron Biotechnology Research Award
Scientific career
FieldsVirology, genetics
InstitutionsUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison (1967–1971), California Institute of Technology and Imperial Cancer Research Fund (1971–1976), University of Idaho (1976–1986), University of Georgia (1986–1999)
ThesisA study of two enzymatic activities associated with deoxyribonucleic acid polymerases: I. The exonucleolytic activity of the Micrococcus luteus DNA polymerase; II. Nucleoside diphosphokinase (1971)
Doctoral advisorRobert D. Wells
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Lois Kathryn Miller (October 8, 1945[note 1] – November 9, 1999) was an American geneticist and academic. She was a Distinguished Research Professor of Genetics and Entomology at the University of Georgia.


Miller was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate education at Upsala College and a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Joining the faculty at the University of Idaho in 1976, she moved to the University of Georgia ten years later, becoming a Distinguished Research Professor of Genetics and Entomology.[1][2] Miller focused her research on baculoviruses and programmed cell death.[3] In 1991, her team at the University of Georgia discovered the anti-apoptotic properties of the baculoviral Early 35 kDa protein (P35).[4]

Miller was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 1987 and was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[2][5] She died of melanoma in 1999.[3]


  1. ^ Miller's National Academy of Sciences biographical memoir lists two birthdates – this one and May 2, 1945.


  1. ^ "Lois K. Miller: A Biographical Memoir" (PDF). National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Lois K. Miller: Inventor's Award, 2001". University of Georgia. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Friesen, Paul (February 2001). "Lois K. Miller". Cell Death & Differentiation. 8 (2): 111–112. doi:10.1038/sj.cdd.4400830. PMID 11313712. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  4. ^ Clem, Rollie J.; Fechheimer, M; Miller, L. K. (29 November 1991). "Prevention of apoptosis by a baculovirus gene during infection of insect cells". Science. 254 (5036): 1388–90. Bibcode:1991Sci...254.1388C. doi:10.1126/science.1962198. PMID 1962198.
  5. ^ "Lois K. Miller". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved November 25, 2015.