Professor Andrew Millar

Andrew Millar is an interdisciplinary biologist with a longstanding interest in 24-hour biological rhythms and over 120 peer-reviewed publications.

Andrew was elected an European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) member, Fellow of the Royal Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2010 to 2013 for his research on the biological clock in plants, which integrates experimental genetics and molecular biology, plant physiology, omics, mathematical modelling and computer science.

Andrew grew up in Luxembourg and studied genetics at the University of Cambridge, followed by a PhD in plant molecular genetics at The Rockefeller University, New York.

After postdoctoral research at the NSF Center for Biological Timing in Virginia, he joined the University of Warwick.

Growing interest in systems and synthetic biology contributed to a move to the University of Edinburgh in 2005, where he co-founded and directed the SynthSys research centre (2007 to 2012).

His past roles include serving as Director of Systems Biology for the Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (2007 to 2009), and Principal Investigator for GARNet (2004 to 2009), which represents roughly 200 laboratories of the UK’s Arabidopsis research community.

He currently serves as Director of Research for Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, and his interests include research data management and macro-economic impacts on science.

He is also on the Board of Directors for James Hutton Institute.

Term ends: 31 March 2024

Last updated: 11 April 2022

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