Dr. Fabricio Medina-Bolivar is a Professor of Plant Metabolic Engineering in the Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University (A-State). He has been faculty of A-State since 2005 and currently directs a research laboratory at the Arkansas Biosciences Institute. Dr. Medina-Bolivar received his B.S. degree in Biology from Cayetano Heredia University (Peru) and Ph.D. degree in Plant Physiology from the Pennsylvania State University. He conducted postdoctoral research in molecular biology at Virginia Tech. Dr. Medina-Bolivar has over 25 years of experience in plant biotechnology and is one of the world’s leading scientists using hairy root cultures as production systems of valuable natural products. His cutting edge technology has provided means to study the biological activity of novel natural products and identify their benefits to human health. Dr. Medina-Bolivar is a founding member of the American Council for Medicinally Active Plants (ACMAP) and currently serves as Executive Director of ACMAP. He was President of ACMAP in 2014-2015 and Program Chair and Host of the 2012 ACMAP conference at A-State and 2016 ACMAP conference in Lima, Peru.