Dr. Kenny Miller

Dr. Kenny Miller
Professor of Chemistry


  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Natural product/organic synthesis
  • Synthetic organic chemistry


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, The University of Texas-Austin, 2007
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, The University of Georgia-Athens, 2002


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About Dr. Kenny Miller

Kenny Miller is the chair and an associate professor of Chemistry at Fort Lewis College. He joined the college in 2009. Dr. Miller’s research interests include synthetic organic chemistry with an emphasis on the laboratory preparation of biologically active natural products with potential to treat viral infections and cancer. His research group synthesized the antiviral compounds sattabacin and sattazolin. His work has been published in the Journal of Chemical Education, Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, and Tetrahedron Letters, among other journals. He is a reviewer for various research journals, including Organic Letters, Tetrahedron Letters, Synthetic Communications and European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Prior to joining Fort Lewis, Dr. Miller was a postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University, studying the biosynthetic origin of several related indole alkaloids.

Dr. Miller is the 2014-2015 recipient of the Fort Lewis College Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award. He is passionate about using innovative teaching methods in the classroom and has created a YouTube channel for his organic chemistry lectures, which have been viewed in excess of 45,000 times. Dr. Miller is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Council on Undergraduate Research and the Society for Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

Selected Publications and Presentations

"Natural Product Isolation of Thymol, Camphor, and Citral: Monoterpenes Sharing a Unified Biosynthetic Precursor," Journal of Chemical Education, 2015*

“Antiviral Activity of (+)- Sattabacin Against Varicella Zoster,” Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 2013*

“Asymmetric Total Synthesis of (+)-Sattazolin,” Tetrahedron Letters, 2013*

“Asymmetric Total Synthesis of (+)- and (-)-Versicolamide B and Biosynthetic Implications” Nature Chem. 2009

“Dr. O-Chem: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Flipped Classroom,” oral presentation, Division of Chemical Education, ACS 248th National Meeting and Exposition, San Francisco, CA, 2014

“Asymmetric Total Synthesis of (+)-Sattazolin,” Abstract for poster presentation, ACS 245th National Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, LA, 2013*

“Is Natural Better than Synthetic” Durango Discovery Museum Pub Science, 2013

* with undergraduate student

In the Media

Commencement Address, December 2014, Dr. Kenny Miller