Nancy Hadley Miller, M.D.
Professor, Principal Investigator
B.A., Harvard College, Biology, 1976
M.S., Georgetown University, Biology, 1978
M.D., University of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore, Maryland, 1982
Dr. Nancy Hadley Miller is a professor and pediatric orthopedic surgeon at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Children’s Hospital of Colorado in Aurora, Colorado. She serves as the director in the Department of Orthopedics and as the Medical Director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center within the pediatric orthopedic division at Children’s Hospital. After receiving her undergraduate, graduate, and medical school degrees at Harvard University, Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, respectively, she subsequently completed her orthopedic residency at Boston University and fellowships in pediatric orthopedics and research at the University of Iowa. Dr. Miller has been blessed with a supportive husband and three wonderful children who enrich her life greatly. As one who never sits still, she is an avid biker, loves to read, quilt, play music, and paint in her ‘free time.’ She loves the outdoors, and has truly enjoyed exploring the mountains and rivers of the Rocky Mountains, particularly fly fishing with her son.
Elizabeth Terhune, M.S.
Professional Research Assistant, Lab Manager
Liz is a Professional Research Assistant who joined Dr. Miller’s laboratory in October, 2015 and has been a workhorse in the NIH, K2M and Cotrel-funded studies. She received her BA in Biology in 2010 from Lewis & Clark College and AAS in Biotechnology in 2011 from Portland Community College, and MS degree in Biomedical Sciences & Biotechnology from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2018. Liz previously worked as a research assistant at Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Colorado Boulder, and she has loved diving into the genetics of scoliosis with Dr. Miller and Dr. Baschal. Liz grew up in Portland, OR and moved to Colorado in 2013, and outside of the lab she enjoys being outdoors, playing music, spending time with her human and cat friends, and going to her husband’s concerts.
Anna Monley, B.S.
Professional Research Assistant, Study Coordinator
Anna is the study coordinator for Dr. Miller’s laboratory and is the key contact for study participants. She spends most of her time at Children's Hospital Colorado working directly with new and continuing subjects. Anna graduated with a B.S in Biology from University of Colorado Denver in 2015. Prior to joining Dr. Miller’s laboratory, Anna had an extensive experience in clinical immunology with an emphasis on biobanking in various laboratories. In her spare time, Anna enjoys traveling, doing yoga, and hanging out with her dogs.
Cambria Wethey, B.A.
Professional Research Assistant
Cambria has been a professional research assistant for Dr. Miller since 2013, and she has learned a lot about musculoskeletal development and spine pathophysiology during this time. She is primarily involved in carrying out the lab’s benchtop research and, having seen the clinical impacts of idiopathic scoliosis, hopes that this work will help provide improved therapies for adolescents impacted by this condition. Prior to joining Dr. Miller’s team she received her B.A. in Biology from Whitman College, and did an internship studying the immunology of Type 1 Diabetes with Dr. Aaron Michels at the Barbara Davis Center.
Melissa Cuevas, M.S.
Professional Research Assistant
Melissa is a professional research assistant who is primarily involved with the lab’s benchtop research, DNA sequencing analysis, and zebrafish husbandry. Melissa received her M.S. in Biomedical Science and Biotechnology from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Prior to joining Dr. Miller’s laboratory, Melissa was a graduate intern in the Department of Dermatology. Studying Ectodermal Dysplasia exposed her to the vast realm of genetic research and its significance. Outside of the lab, Melissa is a part-time Emergency Medical Technician for Stadium Medical. In her free time, she enjoys playing music, cooking, building LEGOs, and doing other nerdy activities with her husband.
Xiaomi Chen, Ph.D.
Xiaomi is a Research Associate for Dr. Miller’s lab. Xiaomi received her PhD in Biomedical Science from Wright State University in Ohio. Her work in the lab is centered on modeling scoliosis in zebrafish by using the CRISPR/Cas9 system on scoliosis associated genes.
She performs numerous benchtop experiments as well as zebrafish husbandry. Outside of lab, Xiaomi enjoys hiking and cooking in her free time.
Shreyash (Shay) is a second year medical student attending Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his B.A. in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013. In Boulder, he worked in a behavioral neuroscience lab and is happy to continue doing research in the Miller Lab in a field more relevant to his life and interest. Shreyash’s interest in scoliosis piqued after receiving a spinal fusion in 2002 for his own scoliosis and aspires to become a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon.
Brittan is a current medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She previously attended Claremont McKenna College where she received a B.A. in Biochemistry. After surviving a Sudden Cardiac Arrest in 2008 due to an undiagnosed genetic heart arrhythmia, she became enthralled with genetic research spending two summers at the Mayo Clinic studying genetic arrhythmias. She is excited to now apply her genetic research skills in the Miller Lab with the hope of becoming a surgeon in the future.