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FIC Member Linda Saif First Woman To Receive International Agriculture Honor

Linda SaifFIC member Dr. Linda Saif, a scientist in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, 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.

Saif is the first Ohio State scientist and the first woman to receive this recognition, awarded since 1978 by the Wolf Foundation of Israel. The award will be presented at a ceremony to be held at the Knesset — Israel’s parliament — in Jerusalem on May 31, 2015.

A Distinguished University professor in the Food Animal Health Research Program, Saif is an internationally recognized virologist and immunologist. A graduate of Ohio State, she joined the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center as a post-doctoral researcher in 1976 and has been on the faculty in CFAES and the College of Veterinary Medicine since 1979. OARDC is the research arm of CFAES.

In selecting Saif for the Wolf Prize in Agriculture, the Wolf Foundation noted how “her discoveries of novel enteric and respiratory viruses of food animals and humans have led to her extensive contributions of fundamental knowledge of the gut-mammary immunologic axis and has provided new ways to design vaccines and vaccination strategies.” These discoveries “have contributed immensely to the improvement of global food safety, food production as well as animal and human health.”  

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