Dr. Mo Saif
Professor and Head Emeritus, Food Animal Health Research Program
Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center

Portrait of Mo SaifDr. Yehia “Mo” Saif is Professor and Head Emeritus of the Food Animal Health Research Program of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center at The Ohio State University. Dr. Saif is a past president of the American Association of Avian Pathologists and a Diplomate and past Chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM) and the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV). He is currently the Editor of Avian Diseases and was Editor-in-Chief of the textbook, Diseases of Poultry. He is a highly regarded expert on avian pathology and an advisor to the World Animal Health Organization (OIE). His laboratory is an official OIE reference laboratory. Dr. Saif has received numerous awards including the AAAP Life Member and Special Service Award, the ACVM Distinguished Veterinary Microbiologists Award, an honorary diploma from the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society, and was elected an inaugural member of the Hall of Honor of the World Veterinary Poultry Association. Among his research accomplishments were the first demonstration of the interspecies transmission of influenza viruses and coronaviruses, elucidating the molecular basis of interspecies transmission of influenza viruses, the first demonstration of the diversity of antigenic types of infectious bursal disease viruses, the discovery of several avian enteric viruses and defining their pathogenesis and epidemiology, providing first description of the production and metabolism of the 3 turkey immunoglobulins. Dr. Saif received his DVM degree from Cairo University and a Ph.D. in veterinary preventive medicine from The Ohio State University.

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