Professor named to national academy of inventors

Dr. Janet Yamamoto

Dr. Janet Yamamoto

Dr. Janet Yamamoto, a professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, is one of three UF scientists newly listed among 170 new Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, which recognizes the contributions of researchers from universities and non-profit organizations who are named inventors on U.S. patents.

Yamamoto, a world-renowned immunologist in the college’s department of infectious diseases and pathology, is a co-discoverer of the deadly feline immunodeficiency virus in cats and developed the first FIV vaccine. She holds patents on key practical technologies related to the FIV virus. Yamamoto is also applying her discoveries in cats to the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS.

Election to NAI Fellow status is a major professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Those named to the academy on Dec. 16 bring the total number of NAI Fellows to 414, representing more than 150 prestigious research universities as well as governmental and non-profit research institutions.

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