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Tilahun YILMA

Distinguished Professor of Virology, University of California, Davis, USA

Professor Tilahun Yilma is the Director of the International Laboratory of Molecular Biology for Tropical Disease Agents and his research efforts are directed at employing recombinant-DNA technology to develop recombinant vaccines and rapid diagnostic kits for use in human and veterinary medicine, especially in the developing world.

Yilma's revolutionary scientific research efforts have developed a number of highly efficacious and safe vaccinia virus recombinant vaccines for livestock including for rinderpest, Peste des petits ruminants (PPR), and Rift valley fever. In addition, he has played a significant role in transferring these technologies to the developing nations in Asia and Africa.