Linda J. Saif was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) on April 6. On the left in the photo is Andrew Hirshfeld, the commisioner for patents for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and on the right is Paul Sandberg, president of NAI.
Saif is a Distinguished University Professor at Ohio State and heads the Reference Lab for Animal Coronaviruses for the World Health Organization and OIE-World Organization for Animal Health.
The awards program described Saif as a virologist and immunologist who discovered new viruses of critical importance to farm animals, food safety and human health, and defined their zoonotic potential. She pioneered novel cultivation methods, gnotobiotic animal models and diagnostic assays, and her innovative research on maternal and neonatal immunity and immunoenhancers has led to viral vaccines to protect neonates.