Creighton Miller received his B.S. and M.S. in General Studies and Horticulture from Louisiana State University in 1965 and 1967, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Horticulture (Breeding and Genetics) from Michigan State University in 1972. Dr. Miller is a Member of the Graduate Faculties of Horticulture, Genetics, and Biotechnology at Texas A&M University, and can serve as a Chair, Co-chair or Member of Graduate Student Advising Committees.
Dr. Miller’s overall research objective in the potato and legume improvement programs is to develop varieties adapted to environmental conditions of the southwest. Particular emphasis is placed on yield stability under heat stress. In the legume program, biotic and abiotic stresses, and plant architecture are of particular interest. The primary objective of the potato breeding program is the development of improved russet, red, chipping, and specialty varieties for the Texas industry. Related investigations include the genetic basis of clonal variation, pigments associated with flesh color, disease resistance, and antioxidant levels in potato as related to improved human health.
“Graduate student training is a two-way street between student and professor. I fully expect to learn as much from each student as he/she learns from me. Just as important, I expect close interaction among students in my group, as each student has much to share with other students. Our students work independently, but as a team. Students should be provided maximum flexibility and adequate opportunity for creativity. We are all associates in a partnership to achieve a common goal.”