Prior to joining the University of Saint Joseph faculty in 2005, Lauri Miller’s love of science led her to pursue a ten-year career in the laboratory setting. As a researcher at the University of Connecticut Health Center, Miller conducted studies on various issues in the field of immunology, including factors related to the development of breast cancer, prostate cancer, prostatitis and glaucoma.
Although Miller now spends most of her time in the academic realm, it is no surprise that her extensive background in the research field and her deep appreciation for the scientific method has influenced her teaching philosophy. “Science is a field where it is not only important to focus on the minute details, but also be able to keep in mind the larger picture of what it all means,” she said. “My teaching philosophy is to explore the particulars while always trying to relate the teaching back to the bigger picture.”
In the classroom setting, Miller believes that her ability to understand and relate to young adults and her passion for science enables her to build meaningful relationships with her students and support them in their academic and personal pursuits. “University of Saint Joseph promotes higher-level thinking in a secure, safe environment,” she said. “It gives the students the chance to mature and meet their full potential.”
M.S. Biology, University of Saint Joseph
B.S. Chemistry, Hobart & William Smith College
Rezaie T, Child A, Hitchings R, Brice G, Miller L, Coca-Prados M, H eon E, Krupin T, Ritch R, Kreutzer D, Crick R, Sarfarazi M; (2002). “ Adult-onset Primary Open Angle Glaucoma caused by Mutations in Optineurin,” Science, 295 1077-1079.
Miller LJ, Fischer KA, Goralnick SJ, Litt M, Burleson JA, Albertsen P & Kreutzer DL; (2002) “Interleukin-10 Levels in Seminal Plasma: Implications for Chronic Prostatitis-Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome,” Journal of Urology , 167 (2) 753-756.
Miller LJ, Fischer KA,Goralnick SJ, Litt M, Burleson JA, Albertsen P & Kreutzer DL; (2002) “Nerve Growth Factor and Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome,” Urology , 59(4) 603-8.
Miller LJ, Kurtzman SH, Anderson K, Wang YP, Stankus M, Renna M, Barrows G, Lindquist RR & Kreutzer DL; (1999) “TheIinterleukin-1 Family Expression in Human Breast Cancer: Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist,” Cancer Investigation , 18 (4) 293-302.