Department of Biological Sciences

Catherine Miller Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Catherine Miller-Hunt

Office Location

476B-1 Science (C Wing)



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Iowa, 2010
  • M.S., Microbiology, University of Iowa, 2006
  • B.S. Biology, Western Illinois University, 2002


Dr. Catherine Miller-Hunt joined the USM Biology faculty in 2019. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Biology at Western Illinois University, and she held postdoctoral research positions in the Department of Microbiology and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa. Dr. Miller-Hunt is a microbiologist who focuses on viruses.

Dr. Miller-Hunt teaches courses in immunology (BIO 431, 432) as well as microbiology (BIO 281, 282).

Research Interests

One area of Dr. Miller-Hunt’s research focuses on the mosquito and tick vectors that transmit bacterial and viral pathogens to humans. Of particular interest are the distribution and disease carriage status of ticks in rural vs. urban areas in southern Maine. Additionally, Dr. Miller-Hunt studies how mosquito-borne viruses, including Dengue and Yellow Fever Virus, use human immune cells for infection. 

Recent Publications

Gilliam, B, Gronemeyer, P, Chakraborty, S, Winata, F, Lyons, LA, Miller-Hunt, C, Tuten, HC, Debosik, S, Freeman, D, O'Hara-Ruiz, M, Mateus-Pinilla, M. 2020. Impact of unexplored data sources on the historical distribution of three vector tick species in Illinois. Journal of Medical Entomology 57, 872-883.

Ekanayake, DB, Ekanayake, AJ, Hunt, J, Miller-Hunt, CL. 2018. Modeling reproduction of whitetail deer and its applications. Journal of Theoretical Biology 459:90-102.

Lennemann NJ, Herbert AS, Brouillette R, Rhein B, Bakken RA, Perschbacher KJ, Cooney AL, Miller-Hunt CL, Ten Eyck P, Biggins J, Olinger G, Dye JM, Maury W. 2017. Vesicular stomatitis virus pseudotyped with Ebola virus glycoprotein serves as a protective, non-infectious vaccine against Ebola virus challenge in mice. J Virol. 91(18): pii: JVI.00479-17.