Robert Miller, a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology has made important contributions to the field of microbiology. He is recognized as a co-founder of the discipline of Molecular Ecology. His seminal experiments in Lateral Gene Transfer among bacteria in natural environments were the first to demonstrate this phenomenon and its importance to microbial evolution.
I was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2011.
2011 HIGHER EDUCATION HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
Microbiology research and service to Oklahoma State University are the hallmarks in the fabulous academic career of Robert V. Miller. Born in Modesto, California, Robert (Bob) Miller earned his B.A. degree in microbiology at the University of California at Davis and then went on to the University of Illinois to obtain his doctorate in 1972. After a postdoctoral appointment at the University of California, Berkeley, he was employed at the University of Tennessee and Loyola University of Chicago before being recruited in 1991 as Head of the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department at Oklahoma State University. He then conducted a research agenda that was matchless in its output. He has obtained thirty-two grants for research from agencies that include the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This outpouring of research has yielded 70 journal articles in the most prestigious journals of molecular biology, 113 published research abstracts, and five co-authored books. He is known as the co-founder of the discipline of Molecular Ecology, and as testament to his international reputation he has given at least 24 invited seminars or lectures in foreign lands—Russia, Poland, France, Switzerland, England, Wales, Canada, Greece, Germany, Italy, and Texas. He has trained 16 Ph.D. and 7 M.S. students. In recognition of his prodigious research achievements, Oklahoma State University appointed Bob Miller Regents Professor in 2000. In 2004 he was named Distinguished International Scholar by Cardiff University, The University of Wales. Beyond his research activity, Bob Miller has been active in guiding OSU. Besides serving as a department head, Bob has been extremely active in faculty governance, participating in innumerable university committees and becoming in 2007 the Chair of the OSU Faculty Council. We recognize Robert V. Miller for his stellar career of research and service that has so added luster to the reputation of the state of Oklahoma.