W. Allen Miller, PhD

W. Allen Miller, PhD

email: wamiller@iastate.edu
phone: 515-294-2436


Professor, Plant Pathology, Entomology & Microbiology; Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology; Iowa State University


4205 ATRB
2213 Pammel Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1020



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

Research interest: We investigate molecular mechanisms of RNA viruses, including translation of viral and host mRNAs, and the roles of noncoding viral RNAs. We study plant viruses, not only for their agricultural relevance, but as valuable models to help us understand medically important viruses. Indeed, we are applying this knowledge to the study of translation regulation by Zika virus, and also to improving mRNA vaccines (with the Verhoeven lab). In addition to potentially providing new tools to control infectious disease, this research reveals inner workings of the cell, in particular the process by which the genetic code is translated from RNA sequence into functional protein.

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