S. Ferguson Miller

S.   Ferguson-Miller
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Shelagh Ferguson-Miller, professor of biochemistry, has made seminal contributions to the field of bioenergetics and membrane protein biochemistry. Ferguson-Miller’s research regarding energy transduction in mitochondria and bacteria has led to a new understanding of the process of energy generation in living organisms. Her use of novel X-ray technology provided the first-ever crystal structure of the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor, revealing possibilities for the next generation of anti-anxiety drugs. She is a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Ferguson-Miller received her B.S. in biochemistry and physiology and her M.A. in biochemistry from the University of Toronto. She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her postdoctoral work at Oxford University was supported by a fellowship from the Canadian National Research Council. Ferguson-Miller joined MSU in 1978 and served as chair of MSU’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from 2003-2008.

 Ferguson-Miller’s honors include the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Merit Award, the Biophysical Society’s Anatrace Membrane Protein Award and being elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Biophysical Society. Her professional memberships are extensive, including service to the Council for the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health, the Council for the American Association of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Biophysical Society Bioenergetics Executive Committee.