The Fellow Award recognizes current members of the SIVB who have been active members for at least 10 years. A Fellow has made outstanding contributions in their area of specialization or discipline to include research, teaching, and administration in public, government, academic, or private industry activities. The Society for In Vitro Biology honored Theodore Klein with a Fellow Award at the 2014 World Forum on Biology Meeting in Savannah, GA.
Dr. Theodore (Ted) Klein was the recipient of the Society for In Vitro Biology Fellow Award at the 2014 World Forum on Biology Meeting in Savannah, GA. Dr. Klein earned his B.S. degree in Biology with honors from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), and his M.S. degree in Plant Science from the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT). He then earned his Ph.D. in Agronomy from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). This was followed by Postdoctoral positions at Cornell University and the USDA Plant Gene Expression Center (Albany, CA). Since completing his Postdoctoral training, Dr. Klein has been employed by DuPont Pioneer, where he currently serves as Senior Scientist.
Dr. Klein has made outstanding contributions in the field of plant biotechnology. He is an inventor/co-inventor on 16 US patents that range in topic from transformation procedures to specific genes and transcription factors. He has published 33 articles, with four published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and one in both Nature and Science. One of his major contributions to plant biotechnology is the development of the gene gun for genetic transformation. With the gene gun, transgenes can be used to engineer new traits into all major crops. Dr. Klein’s work at DuPont has resulted in the development of high oleic acid soybeans. The production of high oleic acid soybeans is significant since oleic acid eliminates the need for hydrogenation of vegetable oil. With the FDA ban on trans fats, the development of high oleic acid soybeans in the United States has resulted in a commercial product that is contributing to a healthier diet in the United States and globally.
Dr. Klein has been an active member of the Society for In Vitro Biology, and he recently completed a term as the Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors. He has also contributed to the Society for In Vitro Biology and to our annual meeting as a member of the Program Committee, Program Planning Committee and Development Committee, and as a Convener. With his involvement with the Development Committee, he has been instrumental in identifying funds to help support the annual meeting. Dr. Klein has also served as an Associate Editor for the Society’s journal In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Plant.
Submitted by the Editorial Office