Stanley Gilliland Chosen as Institute of Food Technologists Fellow

May 4, 2009



Stanley Gilliland Chosen as Institute of Food Technologists Fellow

Chicago, IL - Stanley Gilliland, Regents Professor and Sitlington Endowed Chair, Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University, was elected Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Fellow in 2009 for his research on probiotic cultures and their benefits for humans and livestock, as well as his role as an educator and student mentor.

Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred on individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for their contributions to the food science and technology field. The nominee must have been an IFT Member for 15 years and a Professional Member at the time of nomination. The 15-year member requirement may be waived by the Fellows Jury for those nominees who have spent all or a portion of their careers outside the United States.

Gilliland has contributed to the control of food borne pathogens through his studies on the role of probiotics in inhibiting the growth of Escherichia coli in cattle. He has isolated strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus capable of improving feed efficiency of cattle and pigs. Gilliland led the development of the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center (FAPC), which delivers technical and business information to help expand the food industry in Oklahoma.  FAPC interacts with the food and agricultural industries in Oklahoma and has contributed to the growth and stability of more than 12,000 jobs in the state.

IFT has conferred the Fellow designation on a select number of Professional Members every year since 1970.



About IFT
Founded in 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists is a nonprofit scientific society with more than 20,000 individual members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT serves as a conduit for multidisciplinary science thought leadership, championing the use of sound science through knowledge sharing, education, and advocacy. For more information on IFT, visit