W. Allen Miller, PhD

W. Allen Miller, PhD

email: wamiller@iastate.edu
phone: 515-294-2436
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Plant Pathology and Microbiology;
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology
Iowa State University
4205 ATRB
2213 Pammel Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1020


I have always been fascinated by the mechanisms of living things at the cellular and molecular level. To satisfy this curiosity, my lab investigates molecular mechanisms of viruses. We focus on plant viruses for three reasons: (1) to contribute to maintenance of a healthy and sustainable food supply around the world, (2) they are valuable models to help us understand the mechanisms of medically important viruses, and (3) they serve well as probes to understand the inner workings of the cell, in particular the process of protein synthesis, in which the genetic code is translated from RNA sequence into functional protein.


BA, Biology (with Distinction) Carleton College

PhD, Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Scientist, Plant virus genome sequencing, CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra, Australia, 1984 – 1988

Fulbright Fellow and Gutenberg Chair, Institute for Plant Molecular Biology, University of Strasbourg, France, 2012-2013

ISU Plant Sciences Institute Faculty Scholar, 2015 – present