Lisa Miller is the Associate Division Director for Spectroscopy, Imaging, and Structural Biology in the Photon Sciences Directorate at Brookhaven National Laboratory. She is also the spokesperson for Beamlines U2B and U10B at the NSLS. Beamlines U2B and U10B specialize in mid-infrared microspectroscopy and full-field imaging of materials such as biological cells and tissues, plants, microbes, polymers, soils, and minerals.
Lisa Miller's research focuses on the study of the chemical makeup of cells and tissues using synchrotron-based infrared and x-ray imaging. Her work has three primary research areas: (1) understanding how the nanostructure and chemical composition of bone affect its mechanical properties in osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, (2) elucidating the role of metal ions in protein misfolding and neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and (3) optimizing nutrient availability in the rhizosphere of plants for improved biomass production.