Dr. J. Denry Sato Announced as New Editor-in-Chief for In Vitro – Animal replacing Dr. Wallace L. McKeehan

Dr. J. Denry Sato

Dr. Wallace L. McKeehan

The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) is pleased to announce that Dr. J. Denry Sato has agreed to take on the position of Editor-in-Chief for In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Animal. J. Denry Sato, D. Phil, is currently an Investigator at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Salisbury Cove, Maine, and he has been a member of the Society for In Vitro Biology (previously named the Tissue Culture Association) since 1986. Dr. Sato received his doctorate in Genetics from Oxford University where he studied the expression of a family of developmentally-regulated Drosophila genes under Dr. David B. Roberts. He did postdoctoral research with Drs. Gordon H. Sato at UC San Diego and Keiichi Itakura at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope. Dr. Sato was a Research Scientist and a Senior Scientist at the W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center, and prior to joining the MDI Biological Laboratory he was the Deputy Director of the National Stem Cell Resource at the American Type Culture Collection. Dr. Sato’s research interests have included serum-free cell culture medium development, the development of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies, growth factor-receptor interactions in malignant disease, receptor-activated intracellular signaling pathways, and the use of comparative genomics to study gene function. Dr. Sato has been a member of the SIVB publications committee since 2002, and he has been an Associate Editor of In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology Animal since 2003.

The position was held for the past 14 years by Dr. Wallace L. McKeehan. Wallace L. McKeehan, PhD, is currently the J.S. Dunn Professor and Director of the Center for Cancer Biology & Nutrition at the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, Houston, and Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Texas A&M University. He is also a member of the Texas A&M Graduate Faculty of Nutrition, member of the Graduate Faculty of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas-Houston, and Adjunct Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. He was named a Texas A&M Regents Professor in 2003. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Florida and his Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Texas-Austin. He was a research scientist at the Basel Institute of Immunology in Basel, Switzerland and a research associate in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado. Then he joined the W. Alton Jones Cell Science Center in Lake Placid, New York, where he was a senior scientist, deputy director and co-founder of Upstate Biotechnology, Inc. While there, he held adjunct faculty appointments in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Vermont, Department of Chemistry at Clarkson University, and in the Cell Biology Department, Xiamen University, Peoples Republic of China.

Dr. McKeehan’s focus for the journal was on guiding it to survive the initial chaos of the electronic revolution in the scientific publishing industry. The journal now has an online publication, online manuscript submission, reviewing and editorial tracking system; the ASAP (as soon as publishable) system upon acceptance of single manuscripts; and a listing soon after in both PubMed and other indices. He leaves this not-for-profit society’s journal to its new issues of the open access movement and the challenge of the for profit publishers who challenge the niche of our journal with image and celebrity status rather than fundamental long-term values.

Dr. Sato will be continuing the legacy that had begun with Dr. McKeehan in guiding the In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology – Animal journal further into the electronic age of scientific publication.