Elaine Miller

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Elaine Miller


Email: Elaine Miller

Elaine Miller is interested in human brain evolution; specifically looking at how early life experience can impact neural development in chimpanzees and rhesus macaques. 

2016 – 2018   Staff Research Associate II: University of Delaware, Department of Biological Sciences

2015 – 2016   Junior Specialist: University of California, Department of Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology

2015   Student Researcher: California National Primate Research Center 

2014   Visiting Researcher: Duke Lemur Center

2009 – 2013   Staff Research Associate I: Institute of Pediatric Regenerative Medicine

2020  Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, $138,000

2019  Lewis N. Cotlow Award, The George Washington University, $1800

2019  GW Research Days Poster Prize, The George Washington University, $150

Miller EN, Hof PR, Sherwood CC, Hopkins WD. The paracingulate sulcus is a unique feature of the medial frontal cortex shared by great apes and humans. Brain, Behavior and Evolution. 2021;96(1):26-36. PubMedID: 34192698

Hirter KN, Miller EN, Stimpson CD, Phillips KA, Hopkins WD, Hof PR, Sherwood CC, Lovejoy CO, Raghanti MA. The nucleus accumbens and ventral pallidum exhibit greater dopaminergic innervation in humans compared to other primates. Brain Struct Funct. 2021 Jul;226(6):1909-1923. PubMed ID: 34032910.

Miller EN, Sherwood CC. What single neurons can tell us. Elife. 2019 Feb 5;8 PubMed Central ID: PMC6363381. 

Martínez-Cerdeño V, Camacho J, Fox E, Miller E, Ariza J, Kienzle D, Plank K, Noctor SC, Van de Water J. Prenatal Exposure to Autism-Specific Maternal Autoantibodies Alters Proliferation of Cortical Neural Precursor Cells, Enlarges Brain, and Increases Neuronal Size in Adult Animals. Cereb Cortex. 2016 Jan;26(1):374-383. PubMed Central ID: PMC4677982. 

Camacho J, Jones K, Miller E, Ariza J, Noctor S, de Water JV, Martínez-Cerdeño V. Embryonic intraventricular exposure to autism-specific maternal autoantibodies produces alterations in autistic-like stereotypical behaviors in offspring mice. Behav Brain Res. 2014 Jun 1;266:46-51. PubMed Central ID: PMC4075424.


B.S., Animal Biology, University of California at Davis, 2015

Year Entered GW Program: 2018
Advisor: Chet C. Sherwood