David John Miller Ph.D.
Comparative Genomics Centre,
Molecular Sciences Bldg 21, James Cook University,
Townsville, 4811, Queensland, Australia
Telephone: 61-7-4781 4473 Fax:  61-7-4781 4 6078

Brief Curriculum Vitae:

BSc Biological Sciences (CNAA) UK 1975
PhD Biochemistry (UKC)   1980

Appointments (reverse chronology)
1996- Reader in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at James Cook University.
1990-1995 Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry at James Cook University.
1985-1989 Lecturer in Biochemistry at James Cook University.
1983-1985 Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Adelaide.
1982-1983 Research Associate at the University of Bristol.
1980-1982 Post-doctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Bristol.
1980 PhD. awarded.
1978-1980 Research Demonstrator at the University of Nottingham.
1975-1978  Research student (University of Kent Scholarship) at the University of Kent at Canterbury.
1972-1975   B.Sc. (Hons; CNAA) in Biological Sciences.
Research experience

Miller's work on corals began in the late ‘80’s, following his appointment to James Cook University. Prior to that time he had worked at post-doc level on the biochemistry of the ammonia-oxidising bacteria - the presently accepted models for energy conservation in these unique bacteria are based on his work during the period 1978-1985.

Miller's early work in Townsville was focussed on molecular phylogenetics, but broadened substantially during the 1990’s to include using the coral Acropora as a model animal for understanding the evolution of developmental mechanisms. International recognition followed the publication of some of his work in Nature (Miller and Miles 1993 Nature 365, 215-216), and has led to increasing interest in the organism as a model system by the international community. His laboratory now collaborates with many of the international leaders of the Evolution/Development community. In parallel with the developmental projects, Miller's group has continued their molecular phylogenetic studies on corals, recently focusing on Acropora with the aim of better understanding evolutionary processes that affect sessile marine invertebrates in general. The van Oppen et al manuscripts from his group are arguably some of the most important papers on coral evolutionary biology published in recent years. Miller's laboratory is one of the leading coral molecular laboratories in the world, and that this is largely a consequence of the fact that they work on both basic molecular genetics (ie genome characterisation and developmental biology) and the phylogenetics / evolutionary biology of these unique organisms.

Sample Publications
1. Miller, D.J., Hayward, D.C., Reece-Hoyes, J., Scholten, I, Catmull, J., Gehring, W.J., Larsen, J.E. and Ball, E.E. (2000) Pax gene diversity in the basal cnidarian Acropora millepora (Cnidaria; Anthozoa): Implications for the evolution of the Pax gene family. PNAS 97, 4475-4480.

2. Miller, D.J.  and Ball, E.E. (2000) The coral Acropora: what it can contribute to our knowledge of metazoan evolution and the evolution of developmental processes. BioEssays 22, 291-296.

3. Galliot, B. and Miller, D. (2000) Origin of apical patterning: How old is our head? Trends in Genetics 16, 1-5.

4. ten Lohuis, M. R. and Miller, D.J. (1998) Genetic transformation of dinoflagellates (Amphidinium and Symbiodinium): expression of GUS in microalgae using heterologous promoter constructs. The Plant Journal 13, 427-435.

5. Miller, D.J. and Miles, A. (1993) Homeobox genes and the zootype. Nature 365, 215-216.


Genes, genetics, genomics, gene, coral acropora, evolution, development, biology.