Photo of Jon S. MillerProfessor Jon S. Miller

Director of Center for Secondary Science Teacher Education

Fields of Interest: Microbiology, entomology, human physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology.

Research in my lab focuses on

  • Insect immunity and immunology
  • Eicosanoids - groups of biologically active metabolites of certain C20 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
  • Nodule formation, beginning with formation of microaggregates, which grow by successive hemocyte adhesions into large nodules.
  • Intial research was conducted on a single insect species, the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta.

Representative Publications

Refereed Journal Articles:


Stanley, D., Haas, E., and Miller, J.S. (2012) Eicosanoids: Exploiting Insect Immunity to Improve Biological Control Programs.  Insects 3: 492-510; DOI 10.3390/insects3020492.

Stanley, D., Miller, J.S., and Hasan Tunaz. (2009) Eicosanoid Actions in Insect Immnunity. J. Innate Immun. 2009; 1:282-290; DOI 10.1159/000210371.

Merchant, D., Ertl, R.L., Rennard, S.I., Stanley, D.W., and Miller, J.S. (2008) Eicosanoids Mediate Insect Hemocyte Chemotaxis. Journal of Insect Physiology 54 (1): 215-221.

Kwon H.S., Stanley, D.W., and Miller, J.S. (2007) Bacterial Challenge and Eicosanoids Act in Plasmatocyte Spreading. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 124 (3): 285-292.

Stanley, DW and Miller, JS (2006) Eicosanoid Actions in Insect Cellular Immune Functions. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 119: 1-13. (Mini Review)

Miller, JS (2005) Eicosanoids Influence In Vitro Elongation of Plasmatocytes from the Tobacco Hornworm, Manduca sexta. Arch Insect Biochem Physiol. 59:42-51.


Miller, J.S. and Windelborn, A.F. (2013) Investigating Diffusion with Technology.  Physics Education 48: 459-464.

Marcus, L., Plumeri, J., Baker, G.M. and Miller, J.S. (2013)  A Teacher-developed Inquiry Model to Teach the Molecular Basis of Hyperbolic Kinetics in Biological Membrane Transport.  Advances in Physiology Education 37:165-175.

Naples, V.L., Breed, D. and Miller, J.S. (2010). A Skeleton Tells Its Own Story: Forensic Anthropological Analysis for the Science Classroom Laboratory.  The American Biology Teacher, Vol. 72, 3: 162-171.

Naples, VL and Miller, JS (2009) Evolving the Concept of Homology. Bioscene: Vol. 35(1). pp 43-47.

Hubbard, C.J., Miller, J.S., and Olson, D. (2005) An Exciting Way to Teach An Old Topic: The Cadaver-Based Anatomy Short Course for High School Students. The Anatomical Record Part B: The New Anatomist, 284B: 6-11

Naples, V.L. and Miller, J.S. (2004) Making Tracks: The Forensic Analysis of Footprints and Footwear Impressions. The Anatomical Record Part B: The New Anatomist, 279B, 9-15.

Miller, J.S. (2004) Insects in the Classroom: A Study of Animal Behavior. Science Activities, 41, 24-31.

Miller, J.S. Sass, M., Wong, S.L., Nienhuis, J. (2004) Micropipetting: An Important Laboratory Skill for Molecular Biology. American Biology Teacher, 66, 291-296.



Ph.D., Entomology
(Biochemical Physiology)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, August, 1998.

M.S., Entomology
(Biochemical Physiology)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, December, 1994.

M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary Science Education),
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, August, 1987.

., Secondary Science Education University of Nebraska-Lincoln, May, 1976.


Jon S. Miller,
(815) 753-7828 
Office: MO 452
Lab: MO 329
Dept. of Biological Sciences Nothern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115