Joe   Miller PhD

Professor and Department Chair, Pharmacology

Dr. Miller received his PhD in 1979 from the University of Texas, did a postdoc in dopamine electrophysiology at UT Southwestern until 1982, followed by a second postdoc in circadian neurobiology at UC Riverside and UC Davis until 1987. From 1982-1987, he also served as a NASA space shuttle project director. Dr. Miller was a research associate in the Stanford Biology Department from 1987-1994 and the Director of Neurochemistry in the Stanford-Upjohn Center for the Study of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms. He was a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center from 1994 until 2000.

From 2000 to present he has been an associate professor in the Department of Cell and Neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. His research interests include neuropharmacology, circadian rhythms, mechanisms of drug addiction, Alzheimer’s, cytokines and the complexity analysis of biological signals. He has continued work in astrobiology and currently is using complexity analysis to reanalyze the Viking lander data.