SueAnn Miller
Professor of Embryology and Anatomy

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"Our real teacher has been and still is the embryo, who is, incidentally, the only teacher who is always right."
-- Viktor Hamburger 1900-2001
"Models come and go; the embryo is never wrong." -- Elizabeth D. Hay 1927-2007 as reported by Drew Noden
"Your body is a committee of parts. Aging parts can be serially obnoxious and vociferous committee members, and the committee adjourns when an essential member fails to do its part and others are unable to take up the slack." -- Sue Ann Miller


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Research and Scholarship

Thoughts about Teaching and Related Matters

Courses Taught at Hamilton

  • Biol 115 Biology Fundamentals and Frontiers: Cellularity - selected topics for majors
  • Biol 120 Female Biology - selected topics for non-majors
  • Biol 222 Vertebrate Organization - functional anatomy with basic histology
  • Biol 225 Introductory Biology: Genetics and Development - third semester intro
  • Biol 333 Vertebrate Development - more than stem cells and cloning
  • Biol 499 Independent Study - various topics
  • Independent Coverage of Biomedical Terminology - adviser
  • Biol 550-552 Senior Project - adviser, coordinator and sponsor
  • Senior Fellowship - adviser and sponsor

Health Professions Advisory Committee and Past Chief Advisor


"The nature lover is not looking for mere facts, but for meanings, for something he can translate into the terms of his own life. " - John Burroughs 1
"... I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my sense put in tune. ... "
- John Burroughs 2
"There is no Wi-Fi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection."
- Unknown
"One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. " - John Muir

. . . parent, mountain hiker, skier, traveler . . .
At 15,000' on the way to Kibo-Kilimanjaro ©1969 SAMiller


  • Ph.D. Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.
    University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • M.A. Environmental, Population and Organismal Biology.
    University of Colorado, Boulder
  • B.A. Zoology and Botany. University of Colorado, Boulder

Previous Academic Employment

  • Harvard Medical School, Research Fellow in Anatomy
  • Oberlin College, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Kirkland College, Assistant Professor of Biology


Late summer sunrise on
Mt. Toll, Colorado
©1970 SAMiller

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." - St. Augustine

. . . amateur artist . . .

. . . practicing Yogini . . .

Professional Societies

  • Society for Developmental Biology
    • Education Subcommittee
  • American Association of Anatomists
    • Education Committee
  • American Society for Cell Biology
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
  • Phi Sigma biology honor society
  • Sigma Xi, the scientific reserch society
    • Chapter officer and committee member
    • Board of Directors
    • Baccalaureate College Constituency Director
    • Grants-in-Aid of Research Committee and Past Chair

Family cat studying future professor
pencil on paper
©1968 SAMiller

. . . and cyclist/Spinner

"... nothing can be more improving to a young naturalist, than a journey in distant countries." - Charles Darwin 1845
"It is the fate of most voyagers, no sooner to discover what is most interesting in any locality, than they are hurried from it..."- Charles Darwin 3

Sources of quotations:

1. John Burroughs (1837-1921) a thoughtful naturalist who traveled with famous contemporaries. His home was on a modest farm in the NW Catskills of Upstate NY.
2. Burroughs, John 1912. " The Gospel of Nature" in Time and Change. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, pp.273-279
3. Darwin, Charles, 1845. Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited during the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World [2nd ed.]. London: John Murray, 519 pp N.B. This was later published as the book known as The Voyage of the Beagle. The quote is part of a passage that marks the first major insight that began to undermine Darwin's belief in the prevailing notion of species as special creations.

Last Modified: June 2016