Matt Miller Named Pew Scholar
Matthew Miller, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biochemistry at University of Utah Health, was named as a 2022 Pew Scholar for his exploration of the cellular machines that help accurately divide and separate chromosomes during cell division. This work is critical as even the smallest errors in this process can have harmful consequences, including birth defects, miscarriages, and cancer.
Miller is one of 22 scientists nationwide to receive the honor from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences provides funding to early-career investigators of outstanding promise in science that is relevant to the advancement of human health.
Miller’s research focuses on a key phase of cell division, or mitosis, when protein-based machines called kinetochores help chromosomes correctly maneuver between parent and newly forming daughter cells. This process ensures that each cell receives a complete set of accurately replicated chromosomes.