Hello, and welcome to the Miller Lab website! We work in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington School of Medicine. We are broadly interested in understanding how animals sense and adjust to stay alive in environments that are constantly changing. Animals rely on the environment: it is the source of essential nutrients (food, oxygen, water) and it dictates the general conditions in which we live (temperature, light/dark cycle). The environment can also be dangerous, as it contains predators and toxins. Our goal is to understand how environmental factors change animal physiology, so that we can devise new strategies to improve survival in conditions associated with disease morbidity and mortality.

The Miller Lab is passionate about doing great research, and communicating with the public about our research and science in general. We hope that you will spend some time on our site to  learn more about our group and our research. You can also find us on Twitter and Tumblr. We are also working to set up a lab blog that we are calling A Breath of Fresh Air (stay tuned!).

We are always interested in recruiting clever and enthusiastic young scientists to our group. No matter what stage in your career, undergraduate through postdoctoral, find important information about applying to join our team here.


We have positions on our team for work on two different NIH-funded projects: 1. The effects of hypoxia responses on proteostasis and 2. Epigenetic effects of exposure to hydrogen sulfide. If you are interested in postdoctoral research in the Miller Lab, email Dana with your current CV (including a list of References) and a short (< 1pg) statement of your research interests. We want to know why you find our research compelling and what you will add to the group.

The mighty worm, C. elegans
They may be small, but the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is no lightweight! Two Nobel Prizes have been awarded for research to understand how these tiny metazoans work. The worm is a favorite model system in the Miller Lab, because of its powerful molecular, cellular, and genetic tools. You can learn more about these awesome little critters at Wormbase, or read this excellent blog post by our very own graduate student Emily.

C. elegans larvae expressing
green fluorescent protein (GFP) in M-lineage cells.

Micrograph taken by Dana Miller