Linda Saif, Ph.D.
Food Animal Health Research Program
College of Veterinary Medicine
OARDC Food Animal Health, FAES
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Food Safety
Areas of Expertise: noroviruses, food safety, enteric viruses, mucosal immunity, probiotics
I am a viral immunologist focusing on enteric and foodborne viral diseases, vaccines and mucosal immunity using the unique germfree piglet disease model. My contributions relate to 1) controlling foodborne viral pathogens (noroviruses) by identification of animal reservoirs and development of vaccines and antivirals; 2) Addressing the impact of vitamin A deficiency on the effectiveness or oral vaccines (rotavirus) in infants in impoverished countries; and 3) Using functional foods to enhance health and prevent disease by assessing if immune mediators in milk promote colonization of infants by probiotics and synergize to moderate rotavirus diarrhea. Benefits of this center include more comprehensive collaborations and student fellowships in these critical research areas.
Linda Saif, a scientist in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), has been awarded the 2015 Wolf Prize in Agriculture for her work on viral diseases of critical importance to farm animals, food safety and human health. Read more
Food Innovation Center Members Jianrong Li, Linda Saif, and Richard Linton are three of just four Ohio State University scientists to share a $25 million grant to study virus-related foodborne illness. Read more