Dr. Linda J. Saif – NoroCORE Food Virology
Dr. Linda J. Saif

Linda J. Saif, PhD

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Distinguished University Professor
Food Animal Health Research Program
Ohio State University

Dr. Linda Saif is a Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University (OSU). She is a member of the Food Animal Health Research Program of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Food Science and Technology Depts of OSU. Dr. Saif received her B.A. degree from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology from OSU. She was a Graduate Research Fellow in the Molecular Biology Dept of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and an NIH-supported Post-doctoral Fellow in the Veterinary Science Dept at OARDC/OSU.

Dr. Saif is a virologist and immunologist, whose research focuses on comparative aspects of enteric and respiratory viruses (coronaviruses, rotaviruses and caliciviruses) of food animals and humans. Her research also focuses on mucosal immunity, vaccine development and elucidation of enteric viral pathogenesis. Current research emphasizes novel bioengineered virus-like particle (VLP) vaccines and adjuvants (vitamin A, probiotics) to prevent rotavirus and norovirus diarrheas in both humans and animals and their testing in gnotobiotic animal disease models.  Her lab discovered and developed novel cultivation methods and diagnostic assays for new enteric viruses including group C rotavirus and enteric caliciviruses, the latter, a leading cause of foodborne illness. Her lab also investigates the relationships of new animal viruses to their human counterparts to assess their zoonotic potential and mechanisms of interspecies transmission.

Dr. Saif is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Argentine Academia Nacional de Agronomía y Veterinaria.  She served as Chair of Section 61 (Animal, Nutritional, and Applied Microbial Sciences) of the National Academy of Sciences.  She is also past president of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, a former Board Member of the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists, a former Councilor in the American Society of Virology and a former Fulbright Research Scholar to Argentina.  She received an honorary degree from the University of Ghent in Belgium and the Distinguished Alumni Award from The College of Wooster. She is an elected Fellow, of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology. She has served as a member of advisory teams for various organizations (CDC, WHO, etc) and serves on several editorial boards (including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).  Her laboratory serves as a WHO International Reference Lab for Animal Coronaviruses within the SARS Coronavirus Network and as an International Reference Lab for TGEV porcine coronavirus for the Office International des Epizooties, Paris, France.

Dr. Saif has authored or coauthored over 273 journal publications and 57 book chapters pertaining to her research.  During her career, she has received competitive grants as principal investigator (NIH, USDA, WHO, etc) totaling over $20 million. She has served as a panel member on study sections and on advisory panels for the USDA and NIAID, National Institutes of Health and on a committee of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.