Wilbur Milhous, Ph.D.

Wilbur Milhous, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research

Contact Info

Office: CPH 1139
Voice Mail: (813) 974-1174
Fax: (813) 974-8506
Email: wmilhous@health.usf.edu
 Education and History

Came to USF



B.S. Clemson University, 1970
M.S. Clemson University, 1972
Ph.D. UNC Chapel Hill, 1983


Tropical Public Health


Discovery and Development
Lead Optimization
Translational Research

Other Information

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Wilbur Kearse Milhous is the Associate Dean for Research at the College of Public Health, with appointments in the Global Health Infectious Disease Research program and Internal Medicine, College of Medicine. Milhous leads a team of more than 100 public health researchers and general faculty members, directs the Center for Biological Defense and oversees the college's multimillion dollar research portfolio. In 2010-2011, the College was the recipient of more than $24 million in external funding, building its research base with awards for public health preparedness, bioterrorism surveillance, community-based marketing and community engagement. Under Dr. Milhous' leadership, the college is focused on key areas of research that include health disparities, maternal and child health, and global health.

Dr. Milhous brings 30 years of global health experience to USF. Prior to joining USF, Dr. Milhous served as Research Coordinator for the Military Infectious Disease Research Program and Chief Science Officer at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Maryland and the overseas labs in Thailand, Kenya, Peru, Ghana, and Australia. At WRAIR, the nation's oldest school of public health and preventive medicine and the largest biomedical research facility in the DoD, he directed translational research and became an internationally recognized leader in the field of malaria chemotherapy. He has made a name for himself in translational research with his ability to move drugs from the early stages of research into clinical trials in the field and regulatory approval by assembling and directing multidisciplinary research. While assigned to Brazil he directed clinical trials for Malarone-Malaria and Sitamoquine-Leishmaniasis and his integrated process team filed an IND intravenous artesunate and made it available for compassionate use at the CDC.

Dr. Milhous is a Fellow of the Academy and Diplomat of American Board of Medical Microbiology. With appointments in Preventive Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology at Uniformed Services University, he served as an instructor for medical students, graduate students, clinical pharmacology & infectious disease fellows. As a senior National Research Council advisor, he has a robust research and publication record (160 manuscripts including 8 patents and 15 book chapters). He has served as PI, Co-PI or senior advisor of multiple research grant awards from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), World Health Organization (WHO), and the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV).

Dr. Milhous is an advisory board member and study section member for numerous international organizations. His research awards include the LePrince Medal in recognition of Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Malariology, the Gorgas Medal for Distinguished Work in Preventive Medicine, the Ashford Medal for Distinguished Work in Tropical Medicine and two USA R&D Achievement Awards for novel therapeutics. He obtained his PhD from the University of North Carolina & received the Greenberg Award in a school-wide competition for doctoral research. Dr. Milhous began his public health career as a registered specialist in Public Health and Medical Microbiology at military hospitals in Louisiana and North Carolina, and underwent specialty training at NIAID, CDC and Duke University.