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Linda J. Saif, MS, PhD, Honorary Diplomate ACVM
Distinguished University Professor

Center for Food Animal Health
Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
The Ohio State University
Food Animal Health Building
1680 Madison Avenue
Wooster, Ohio 44691

(330) 263-3742
(330) 263-3677

Biographical Sketch
Saif Laboratory  

Professional Training and Experience

  • BA, 1965-1969, The College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio. Field of study: Biology and Chemistry
  • MS, 1969-1971, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Field of study: Immunology
  • PhD, 1971-1976, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Field of study: Virology and Immunology
  • Post-doc, 1976-1979, The Ohio State University, OARDC, Wooster, OH. Field of study: Virology and Immunology

Research Interests

  • Enteric and respiratory viral infections (coronaviruses, rotaviruses and caliciviruses) of food animals and humans
  • Germfree animal disease models
  • Mucosal and lactogenic immunity: vaccine development and adjuvants (vitamin A, probiotics)
  • Impact of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies on vaccines
  • Interactions of probiotics and the gut microbiota with the neonatal immune system, vaccines and viral pathogenesis
  • Viral zoonoses and mechanisms of interspecies transmission
  • Foodborne viruses including noroviruses and sapoviruses