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Dr. RikihisiaCongratulations to Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa, professor in the Department of
Veterinary Biosciences, who has been elected to the National Academy of
Sciences. This is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a U.S. scientist
and is a reflection of Dr. Rikihisa’s outstanding research career.  

Dr. Rikihisa specializes in the study of tick-borne diseases that infect
food and fiber-producing animals, companion animals and humans. Her research
focuses on understanding how unique bacterial pathogens Ehrlichia, Anaplasma and Neorickettsia can
infect and thrive within primary host defensive white blood cells, and cause
potentially fatal emerging infectious diseases. Her findings suggest that these
bacteria use proteins directly secreted into the host cell cytoplasm to
manipulate immune-system cells in animal and human hosts, effectively creating
safe havens for themselves until they can build up enough strength and numbers
to cause dangerous diseases. 

A member of Ohio State’s faculty since 1986, Rikihisa was named the
university’s 2011 Innovator
of the Year
by the Office of Research in recognition of her record of
translational research and commercialization activities. She also is a fellow
of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and the American
Academy of Microbiology, received the Ohio State Distinguished Scholar Award in
1999, and is an investigator in Ohio State’s Center
for Microbial Interface Biology
, the Public Health Preparedness
for Infectious Diseases
(PHPID) program, the Molecular, Cellular and
Developmental Biology program, and the Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The National Academy of Sciences is an honorific society of
distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research dedicated
to furthering science and technology and to their use for the public
good. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation
signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the Academy to act as an official
adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or
technology.  New National Academy of Science members are elected by
current members and members represent the truly elite scientists and
researchers in the U.S. and globally.  Currently, there are only 11 other
members of the National Academy of Sciences at The Ohio State University, two
of whom are in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Linda Saif,
Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive
Medicine, and the Food Animal Health Research Program at OARDC, is also a
current member.


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Monday, May 7, 2012 - 8:15am