The Young Scientist Award recognizes current members of the SIVB who are outstanding early-career scientists and who have made significant contributions to the field of in vitro biology and/or in the development of novel technologies that have advanced in vitro biology. The Society for In Vitro Biology honored Dr. Sukhpreet Sandhu with the 2017 Young Scientist Award at the 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting in Raleigh, NC.

Dr. Sukhpreet Sandhu, 2017 SIVB Young Scientist

The Society for In Vitro Biology established the Young Scientist Award to recognize outstanding early-career scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of in vitro biology and/or in the development of novel technologies that have advanced in vitro biology.  At the 2017 In Vitro Biology Meeting in Raleigh, NC the Society for In Vitro Biology awarded Dr. Sukhpreet Sandhu with the Young Scientist Award.

During the Plant Biotechnology Section meeting at the 2017 Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB) conference Dr. Sukhpreet Sandhu was acknowledged for receiving the SIVB Young Scientist Award as a result of her contributions to the field of in vitro biology and SIVB.

Dr. Sandhu received her B.S. in Plant Science from Panjub University (Chandigarh, India) in 1999.  She continued her education receiving her M.Sc. in Biochemistry from Punjab Agricultural University (Ludhiana, India) in 2002.   She completed her Ph.D. in Plant Genetics from University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) under the direction of Dr. Fredy Altpeter in 2008.  While a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Florida Dr. Sandhu generated, characterized and carried out risk assessments on transgenic grasses.   As a Postdoctoral Research Associate she investigated the genetic mechanism of lignification in sunflower under the supervision of Dr. Steven Knapp at University of Georgia

Since 2010 Dr. Sandhu has focused on an industrial career as a Scientist at Bayer Crop Sciences Vegetable Seeds focusing her research on developing cell biology techniques to fast track breeding programs in vegetable crops.

Dr. Sandhu’s engagement with SIVB started while she was a doctoral student, presenting a poster at the 2007 SIVB conference for which she received first place in the poster competition.   Since then her contributions to SIVB have not waned.  Her commitments to SIVB have included volunteer work, poster competitions, Distinguished Service Awards, Plant Program Co-Chair and Chair, and her current role as Vice President for SIVB.

Congratulations, Sukhpreet!

Submitted by Mary Welter