Sally A. Miller was born in Canton, Ohio, and received a B.S. from The Ohio State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked in the biotech industry until 1991, when she joined the Department of Plant Pathology at The Ohio State University- Wooster, where she does research and extension in biology and sustainable management of vegetable crop diseases.
Dr. Miller has a profound commitment to aid developing countries in improving crop management. In 1994, she joined the Philippines site of the IPM CRSP, becoming site chair in 1998. There she works with Philippine scientists to develop and promote IPM methods for vegetables grown in rotation with rice. In 2000, Dr. Miller expanded her work in Asia by joining the IPM CRSP site in Bangladesh. Efforts in this very poor country are focused on improving yields of high quality, nutritious vegetables, reducing inappropriate use of pesticides, and improving the infrastructure of agricultural research institutions.
From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Miller participated in the Pest and Pesticide Management Program in Ukraine, working with local scientists to upgrade laboratory facilities, develop research projects on wheat and tomato disease management, and train farmers in IPM practices.
Dr. Miller was recognized for her contributions by being made an Honorary Professor of the Dnepropetrovsk State Agricultural University, the first American woman to be so honored. Dr. Miller has made many contributions to APS. From 1988 to 1997, she coordinated and chaired the yearly Workshop on Rapid Diagnostic Assays. She has been active in APS committees and has served as associate and senior editor for Plant Disease and as section editor for Biological and Cultural Tests.