By: Jeff Grabmeier
COLUMBUS, Ohio – An Ohio State University scientist has been awarded the title of Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors.
Linda Saif, a researcher in the College of Veterinary Medicine and college of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, was one of 175 academic inventors to receive the honor this year.
The award is given to academic inventors and innovators who have “demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions and innovations that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”
“Dr. Saif has made landmark discoveries and performed innovative research that has benefited agriculture as well as human health,” said Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research at Ohio State. “This award demonstrates the ground-breaking research that our faculty conduct at Ohio State.”
A Distinguished University professor in the Food Animal Health Research Program at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, Saif is an internationally recognized virologist and immunologist. Her work on viral diseases is of critical importance to farm animals, food safety and human health. Her research has led to a framework for understanding how the immune system defends itself against viruses that cause intestinal infections in humans and non-human animals, leading to innovative approaches to vaccines and diagnostics.
The 2016 Fellows will be inducted on April 6, 2017, as part of the Sixth Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors in Boston. In honor of her outstanding accomplishments, Saif will be presented with a special trophy, medal and rosette pin.