Dr. Scott Miller

Irénée du Pont Professor and Chair

Department of Chemistry

Yale University, New Haven

SCOTT J. MILLER was born on December 11, 1966 in Buffalo, NY. He received his B.A. (1989), M.A. (1989) and Ph.D. (1994) from Harvard University, where he worked in the laboratories of Professor David Evans as a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow.  Subsequently, he traveled to the California Institute of Technology where he was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Robert Grubbs until 1996. For the following decade, he was a member of the faculty at Boston College, until joining the faculty at Yale University in 2006.  In 2008, he was appointed as the Irénée duPont Professor of Chemistry, and in 2009, the Chairperson of the Chemistry Department.


Professor Miller’s research program focuses on problems in catalysis. His group employs strategies that include catalyst design, the development of combinatorial techniques for catalyst screening, and the application of these approaches to the preparation of biologically active agents.  Two particular interests of his laboratory are (a) the selective functionalization of complex molecules, and (b) the exploration of potential analogies between synthetic catalysts and enzymes.

Scott Miller’s awards and honors include: National Science Foundation CAREER Award (1999); Cottrell Scholar Award (1999) and Research Innovation Award (1998) of Research Corporation; Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2000), Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2000); DuPont Young Professor Award (2000); Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award (2000); GlaxoSmithKline Chemistry Scholar Award (2000); Lilly Grantee Award (2000); Merck Chemistry Council Awards (2001-2008); Pfizer Award for Creativity in Organic Chemistry (2003); Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society (2004); Robert Burns Woodward Visiting Scholar at Harvard University (2005); Boehringer-Ingelheim Cares Foundation Award (2006); Yoshimasa Hirata Memorial Gold Medal of Nagoya University (2009); National Institutes of Health MERIT Award (2011); Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012).


Professor Miller has served in an advisory capacity for a number of public and private concerns, including the Board of Chemical Sciences and Technology of the National Academies, and as a member of numerous review panels for various funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health Study Section “Synthetic and Biological Chemistry B,” which he chaired from 2009-2010. He currently serves on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Advisory Council, convened by the Director of the NIGMS and the Director of the National Institutes of Health.