Honoring the Career of Dr. Duane Miller

Help establish a permanent lectureship and student research award in the College of Pharmacy.

Miller headshot

Dr. Duane Miller moved to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy (UTCoP) to set up the medicinal chemistry program back in 1992, after over 20 years of a highly successful academic career at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Under Duane’s leadership and creativity, the medicinal chemistry program grew from its virtual non-existence to a nationally recognized program. In addition to being a highly accomplished researcher, Duane has been a great mentor, collaborator, and friend to many of us, shaping the careers of numerous graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, research scientists, and junior faculty.

Duane served as the Department Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences at CoP from 2000-2015 and retired from CoP as a Professor Emeritus in 2015. However, as a true scientist with a strong passion for small molecule drug discovery, he returned to UTCoP on a part-time basis to continue drug discovery research. Not surprisingly, invention disclosures, new patents, newly licensed technologies, and new NIH grants continue to constantly flow out from his efforts.

In recognition of Duane’s unparalleled impact on UTCoP, the UTCoP Drug Discovery Center (UTCoP DDC) established the annual “Duane D. Miller Lectureship” to recognize an expert in small molecule drug discovery, with Duane being the inaugural awardee. The UTCoP DDC also established the “Duane D. Miller Award in Drug Discovery” to recognize a graduate student for outstanding achievements in small molecule drug discovery and development research. This is the first named student award in the UTCoP graduate program, and it carries a monetary award generously provided by Duane himself for this inaugural year.

We hope you will consider making a gift today to help create the “Duane D. Miller Lectureship” endowment and continue both the named lectureship and graduate student award in honor of Duane, whose work and mentorship have positively impacted many of us.


Wei Li, PhD
UTHSC Distinguished Professor
Director of CoP Drug Discovery Center

Bernd Meibohm, PhD, FCP, FAAPS
UTHSC Distinguished Professor
Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

If $25,000 or more is raised, gifts will be placed in an endowed fund and the invested earnings will fund the lectureship and student awards annually. If the $25,000 threshold is not met, all gifts will be placed in the existing expense account and spent for the lectureship and student awards until fully expended.