W Allen Miller

W. Allen Miller

  • Professor
We investigate molecular mechanisms of RNA viruses, including protein synthesis (translation) by 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 now applying this knowledge to the study of translation regulation by Zika virus and other RNA viruses. 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.


Contact Info

4205 Adv Tch Res Bd
2213 Pammel Dr.


  • BS, Biology, Carleton College
  • PhD, Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Research Scientist, CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra, Australia, 1984 – 1988
  • Fulbright Fellow and Gutenberg Chair, Institute for Plant Molecular Biology, University of Strasbourg, France, 2012 - 2013