Saif is first woman, first Ohio State scientist to win Wolf Prize in Agriculture

CFAES scientist Linda Saif (pictured, right) 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.

A Distinguished University professor in the Food Animal Health Research ProgramSaif is the first Ohio State scientist and the first woman to receive the recognition, which the Wolf Foundation of Israel has given since 1978. The award will be presented at a ceremony to be held at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, on May 31 in Jerusalem.

In addition to agriculture, the Wolf Prize is given for achievement in the fields of chemistry, mathematics, medicine, physics and the arts. Past recipients include Stephen Hawking and Peter Higgs.

“Dr. Linda Saif’s work exemplifies our college’s commitment to conducting meaningful research that benefits agriculture as well as human health and well-being,” said Bruce McPheron, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. “This prestigious award is a testament to the world-class research we do at Ohio State.”