The Society for In Vitro Biology established the Fellow Award to recognize outstanding professionals who have made significant contributions to the field of in vitro biology and demonstrated service to the Society.  The Society for In Vitro Biology honored Dr. Randall Niedz and Dr. Fredy Altpeter with Fellow Awards at the 2018 In Vitro Biology Meeting in Saint Louis, MO. This issue highlights Dr. Fredy Altpeter’s career. Dr. Randall Niedz was highlighted in the previous issue of the In Vitro Report.

Fredy Altpeter, Fellow Award Recipient

Fredy Altpeter receives the 2018 SIVB Fellow Award

Dr. Altpeter has been recognized as a world expert on the transformation of grasses and the use of gene editing to enhance the production of value added products.  His research has focused on identifying, isolating and engineering limiting factors for genetic improvement for bioengineering of grasses for the generation of biofuels and chemicals.  In addition, Dr. Altpeter has an extensive publication record that includes 60 publications that have been cited over a hundred times, including a landmark study published in Nature on wheat transformation that has been cited over 300 times.

Dr. Fredy Altpeter has been an active and very supportive member of SIVB for many years while serving SIVB in many capacities.  He currently is the Program Chair for the 2019 In Vitro Biology Meeting.  He has served on the Board of Directors for 2 different terms, Program Chair for the 2012 World Congress, Chair of the PBS section (2010-2012), and  Chair, Co-Chair and Jr.-Chair of the PBS program committee (2007-2009). In addition Fredy has served on the Awards committee, was a member of the Long Range Planning Committee, a member of the Membership Committee along with chairing numerous sessions at the In Vitro Biology Meeting over the years.  Dr. Altpeter was instrumental in making the Student and Post-doc Competition session a regular feature of our In Vitro Biology meetings to encourage long-term engagement of young scientists in SIVB.

Dr. Fredy Altpeter receives 2018 SIVB Fellow Award at the 2018 In Vitro Biology Meeting in Saint Louis, MO.

Dr. Altpeter has recruited and mentored many students as faculty member of U. of FL.  He has mentored 25 Postdoctoral students, chaired 18 graduate student committees, trained 46 undergraduate students and hosted 23 visiting scientists.  His outreach to the scientific community includes being associate editor for The Plant Genome, Crop Science, Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture: Journal of Plant Biotechnol, and subject editor for Plant Breeding.

The Society for In Vitro Biology is fortunate to have Dr. Altpeter as a dedicated member who strives to ensure the long-term success of the Society and the In Vitro Biology Meetings.  Congratulations to Dr. Altpeter.

Submitted by Mary Welter