Linda J. Saif
Wolf Prize Laureate in Agriculture 2015
Linda J. Saif
Affiliation at the time of the award:
The Ohio State University, USA
“for advancing animal and human health through research in virology and immunology”.
Dr. Saif, an exceptional virologist and immunologist, has focused her career on diseases that are of critical importance to agriculture, food safety and human health. 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. Dr. Saif has discovered new paradigms of the complex way the immune system protects animals against intestinal infections. She has also discovered new viruses that cause intestinal diseases in livestock and subsequent ways to control them. Collectively, Dr. Saif’s scientific contributions have contributed immensely to the improvement of global food safety, food production as well as animal and human health. Dr. Saif has also served with diligence as a scientific advisor and mentor for a large number of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, many of whom have gone on to become prominent scientists and leading animal health experts in developed and developing countries around the world.