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TILAHUN YILMA, CHR MEMBER                                                                                                                            

Tilahun Yilma is the Director and Distinguished Professor of Virology at the International Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of California, Davis. He received a B.S. in Veterinary Science, a D.V.M. in Veterinary Medicine, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology all from UC Davis. Dr. Yilma has made major contributions in developing safe and efficacious viral vaccines for both animals and humans. He has received many honors including the Ciba-Geigy Award and the UC Davis Faculty Research Award. Dr. Yilma is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He has served on the Council of the NIH-NCRR, NSF Advisory Committee for the Office of International Science and Engineering, and currently is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Bio-Security Science, Los Alamos National Lab. Dr. Yilma has worked with a number of international organizations including the WHO, FAO, OIE, AU, and IAEA. He is a member of the Board of Trustees, Science for Peace, Fondazione Umberto Veronesi, Milan, Italy.