Virginia Miller, Ph.D.

Virginia Miller, Ph.D.

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC

Virginia Miller, Ph.D. is a professor of Genetics and of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Miller earned her B.A. at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Harvard University where she studied regulation of cholera toxin expression. She then pursued postdoctoral training at Stanford University where she began her studies on Yersinia and Salmonella.

After postdoctoral training at Stanford University, she joined the faculty at UCLA where she was granted tenure in 1994. She then moved to Washington University in St. Louis in 1996 and in 2008 she moved to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Education in the School of Medicine.

Miller has served as Chair and Chair-elect of Division B for ASM, Councilor at Large, and as Divisional Group II Representative. She has served on the ASM Conferences Committee, as Vice-Chair and Co-Chair of the ASM Biodefense Research Meeting and on the General Meeting Planning Committee. She also has served on the Editorial Boards of Infection & Immunity and Journal of Bacteriology. She previously served as Chair of the Distinguished Service Award Selection Committee, and on the Committee on Elections (Chair in 2016) for the American Academy of Microbiology. She was elected to the ASM Board of Directors in 2018 and serves on the Finance Committee and Publishing Committee (Chair) of the Board of Directors.

She has published 100 peer-review original research articles and nineteen peer-reviewed review articles

She began her studies on the molecular analysis of Yersinia enterocolitica-host interactions as a postdoctoral fellow and has continued those interests in her own laboratory.  The overall goals of her research are to understand the bacteria-host interaction at the molecular level to learn how this interaction affects the pathogenesis of infections. She has a long-term interest in understanding how pathogens co-ordinate the expression of virulence determinants during an infection. To do this her laboratory uses genetic, molecular and immunological approaches in conjunction with mouse models of infection.  Currently her lab is focusing on studies of Yersinia pestis and Klebsiella pneumoniae.