W. Allen Miller

photo of Allen Miller in the Vosges Mountains

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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.

Area of Expertise: 
Plant Virology
Insect Viruses
Translation Mechanisms
RNA structure and function
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
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