Miles was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He attended the University of Richmond from 2005 – 2009 where he majored in Chemistry and Spanish and conducted four years of research with Prof. C. Wade Downey, with whom he developed synthetic methods for C–C bond forming reactions mediated by trimethylsilyl triflate. Following college, Miles attended UC Berkeley where he earned a Ph.D. (2014) for his studies on gold-heteroatom bonds and their reactivity under Profs. F. Dean Toste and Robert G. Bergman. From 2014 to 2016, Miles conducted a mechanistic study on photoinduced copper-mediated cross-coupling as an NIH NRSA Post-Doctoral Fellow at Caltech with Prof. Jonas C. Peters and in collaboration with Prof. Gregory C. Fu. In 2016, Miles returned to the University of Richmond to teach undergraduates the joys of synthetic chemistry (organic, inorganic, and organometallic) and train them to be well-rounded scientists.
2015 – 2016 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Post-Doctoral Fellowship
2009 – 2012 National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
2011 – 2013 Chancellor’s Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, CA
2009 Phi Beta Kappa
2009 Garnett Ryland Award, University of Richmond, VA; “Awarded to the Best Graduate in Chemistry”
2008 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship