Title of the volume: Transgenic Plants. Methods in Molecular Biology, vol 1864. Humana Press, New York, NY

Editors : Sandeep Kumar, Pierluigi Barone, Michelle Smith


This book provides thorough coverage of transgenic plants with methods on plant transformation, biotechnological application of transgenic plants, and future developments. Chapters are grouped into sections focusing on transformation model and crop plants, genome engineering, and transgenic event characterization. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology series format, chapters include introductions to their respective topics, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls.

SIVB Members who authored chapters in the book include:

Qiudeng Que, John J. Finer, Todd Jones, Keith Lowe, George Hoerster, Ajith Anand, William Gordon-Kamm, Bin Tian, Harold N. Trick, Sadanand Dhekney, Jessica Rupp, Joyce Van Eck


Dr. Kristina Martinez-Guryn(Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL) published the article titled “Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry Special Issue: nutritional modulation of the gut microbiome in gastrointestinal and metabolic disease” in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. Dr. Martinez-Guryn also served as an invited Guest Editor for the special issue of the journal.

Pierre JF, Leone V, Martinez-Guryn K.  Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry Special Issue: nutritional modulation of the gut microbiome in gastrointestinal and metabolic disease.  J Nutr Biochem, 66:110-112, 2019.




As part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of The UWI (1948-2018), The Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Regional Coordinating Office (IGDS, RCO), in association with the Office of the Vice Chancellor, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) conceived a regional project entitled Celebrating UWI Women. The project is geared at highlighting the significant contribution and outstanding achievements of women who have graduated from the various campuses of The UWI since its inception.. It has been documented that women, including those educated at The UWI have made widespread and lasting contributions towards our societies, regionally and internationally. In recognition of the invaluable contributions that these women have made, and in celebration of The UWI’s 70th Anniversary, the IGDS took the opportunity to honor 70+ Outstanding UWI Women. This project grew out of the desire, as well as a sense of responsibility, to showcase the exceptional women that The UWI has produced, in diverse fields, on all of its Campuses. One individual was been selected to represent each class from 1948 to the present. Through their history-making work and dedication, these women have contributed to and improved the quality of life for the peoples of the Caribbean region and beyond.  In the end, 77 women who graduated from UWI between 1953 and 2017 were selected. The criteria for selection are listed below.

  1. Candidates must be female.
  2. Graduate of The UWI between 1948 and 2017.
  3. Women from across disciplines, and levels of degree.
  4. Degrees may have been obtained at another University, before or after graduating from The UWI.
  5. Candidates may be employed anywhere in the world.
  6. Candidates must be successful in their field(s) of endeavor.
  7. Impact and contribution to their respective field of study/work, community and country.

Members of all the campuses were invited to submit names of exceptional women graduates, and then a diverse committee, comprising members from each of the campuses, scored the nominees based on both their national and international reach. Dr Sylvia Mitchell, a member of SVIB, was among one of seventy-seven women selected. Each honoree from The UWI Mona Campus selected received a plaque, red rose, and special chocolates at an event held in Jamaica on February 14th, 2019. A similar event was held in Trinidad and Tobago in 2018 to celebrate those from the St Augustine campus.