Melissa Miller receives national Young Investigator Award

The American Society for Microbiology has awarded Melissa Miller, Ph.D., an associate professor, its 2009 Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Young Investigator Award.

Miller is a member of the school’s pathology and laboratory medicine department and serves as director of the clinical molecular microbiology laboratory and associate director of the clinical microbiology-immunology laboratory.

The society gives the award, which honors outstanding applied research in clinical microbiology or antimicrobial therapy, to help further the educational and career goals of promising young scientists.

Miller received her Ph.D from Princeton University and completed her postdoctoral training at UNC Hospitals. Since coming to UNC in 2004, Miller built the molecular microbiology diagnostic laboratory which, among other accomplishments, became the first non-public health laboratory to offer a molecular assay to detect acute HIV.

Miller will receive a $2,000 cash prize and a commemorative piece at the society’s general meeting on May 17 in Philadelphia, Pa.

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