Millard Research Team, Summer 2007

Professor Julie Millard, Megan Watts '08, Adam Newman '07, and Sharonda Bradley '10 (left to right).
Julie T. Millard
Dorros Professor of Life Sciences

Department of Chemistry
5757 Mayflower Hill Drive
Colby College
Waterville, ME 04901
(207) 859-5757

Research Interests:

The Millard research group is interested in the interactions of small molecules with DNA, focusing on the question of how some small molecules cause cancer whereas others act as anti-cancer drugs. We primarily use polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis to examine DNA sites targeted by interstrand cross-linking agents and to probe structural abnormalities induced by cross-linking. We are currently most focused on diepoxybutane, the metabolite of butadiene believed to be responsible for increased levels of cancer in those exposed to it industrially. Click here for more information about our work.

Our work is funded by the Petroleum Research Fund, and we are grateful for past support from Research Corporation, the National Cancer Institute, the Clare Boothe Luce Fund, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

Links to Courses
CH 112: Chemistry for Citizens
CH 118: Chemistry of Life
Chemistry 151: K-8 Chemistry Outreach Activities
BC 367: Biochemistry of the Cell I
BC 368: Biochemistry of the Cell II

Additional Links

Link to information about Millard's textbook, Adventures in Chemistry.

Link to April 28, 2010 Colby Echo story about Millard and fellow running professors at the Boston Marathon.

Link to Spring 2002 Colby Magazine story about Millard's run-in with the law.

Link to Spring 2002 Colby Magazine story about how it was all worthwhile.

Link to Colby Chemistry Department.

Empire Falls Premiere

Link to Empire Falls saga as Millard goes to Hollywood in Skowhegan, Maine.

These pages last updated June 2010.