Matt Miller, M6G


MSTP Learning Community:  Flocks

MSTP Entry Date:  June 13, 2016

PhD Program:



Chris Adams, MD, PhD

Adams Mayo Profile

Molecular Mechanisms of Skeletal Muscle Atrophy

Skeletal muscle atrophy is a debilitating consequence of many conditions including advanced age, inactivity, malnutrition, and any severe injury or illness. My research focused on identifying molecular mechanisms that underly the loss of muscle mass and strength in these situations. To this end, I combined functional measurements, in muscles from both humans and genetically engineered mice, with immunohistochemistry and global molecular profiling techniques (RNA-Sequencing and TMT-Mass Spectrometry). These studies inform therapeutic strategies to broadly prevent and/or reverse skeletal muscle wasting and weakness.

Thesis Defense: November 15, 2023


2016 - Edward Heath Award (outstanding communication of laboratory achievements), Medical Student Research Day, Sept 9

2017 - The Thomas A. Weingeist Award for Ophthalmology Research, Medical Student Research Day, Sept 15

2019 - Knights Templar Eye Foundation Travel Grant - Spring 2019

2022 - Karolinska Institute-Mayo Collaborative Travel Award - Fall 2022

2023 - FEBS Open Bio Poster Prize, Advances in Skeletal Muscle Biology in Health and Disease Conference


2020 Fall - MICR:2158 - General Microbiology Laboratory


2015 - BA, Anthropology, Biology - Grinnell College


ORCiD:  0000-0003-1329-088X

Giacalone JC, Miller MJ, Workalemahu G, Reutzel AJ, Ochoa D, Whitmore SS, Stone EM, Tucker BA, Mullins RF. Generation of an immortalized human choroid endothelial cell line (iChEC-1) using an endothelial cell specific promoter. Microvasc Res. 2019 May;123:50-57. doi: 10.1016/j.mvr.2018.12.002. Epub 2018 Dec 18. PubMed PMID: 30571950; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7401191.

Ebert SM, Rasmussen BB, Judge AR, Judge SM, Larsson L, Wek RC, Anthony TG, Marcotte GR, Miller MJ, Yorek MA, Vella A, Volpi E, Stern JI, Strub MD, Ryan Z, Talley JJ, Adams CM. Biology of Activating Transcription Factor 4 (ATF4) and Its Role in Skeletal Muscle Atrophy. J Nutr. 2022 Apr 1;152(4):926-938. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxab440. PMID: 34958390; PMCID: PMC8970988.

Basisty N, Shulman N, Wehrfritz C, Marsh AN, Shah S, Rose J, Ebert S, Miller M, Dai DF, Rabinovitch PS, Adams CM, MacCoss MJ, MacLean B, Schilling B. TurnoveR: A Skyline External Tool for Analysis of Protein Turnover in Metabolic Labeling Studies. J Proteome Res. 2022 Sep 27. doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.2c00173. PMID: 36165806.

Miller MJ, Marcotte GR, Basisty N, Wehrfritz C, Ryan ZC, Strub MD, McKeen AT, Stern JI, Nath KA, Rasmussen BB, Judge AR, Schilling B, Ebert SM, Adams CM. The transcription regulator ATF4 is a mediator of skeletal muscle aging. Geroscience. 2023 Aug;45(4):2525-2543. doi: 10.1007/s11357-023-00772-y. Epub 2023 Apr 4. PMID: 37014538; PMCID: PMC10071239. 

Marcotte GR, Miller MJ, Kunz HE, Ryan ZC, Strub MD, Vanderboom PM, Heppelmann CJ, Chau S, Von Ruff ZD, Kilroe SP, McKeen AT, Dierdorff JM, Stern JI, Nath KA, Grueter CE, Lira VA, Judge AR, Rasmussen BB, Nair KS, Lanza IR, Ebert SM, Adams CM. GADD45A is a mediator of mitochondrial loss, atrophy, and weakness in skeletal muscle. JCI Insight. 2023 Nov 22;8(22):e171772. doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.171772. PMID: 37815864; PMCID: PMC10721312. 

Miller MJ, Gries KJ, Marcotte GR, Ryan Z, Strub MD, Kunz HE, Arendt BK, Dasari S, Ebert SM, Adams CM, Lanza IR. Human myofiber-enriched aging-induced lncRNA FRAIL1 promotes loss of skeletal muscle function. Aging Cell. 2024 Jan 31:e14097. doi: 10.1111/acel.14097. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38297807.