graduate degrees at UC Davis. Dr. Yilma has made major contributions in developing safe and efficacious viral vaccines for both animals and humans. He is noted for developing what the journal Nature described as one of the two outstanding vaccinia virus recombinant vaccines (rinderpest) in the world.
Dr. Yilma has received many honors including the Ciba-Geigy award (highest international award in animal science), the UC Davis Faculty Research Award (highest research award), and UC Davis Distinguished Public Service Award (highest service award). Dr. Yilma is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Dr. Yilma 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 Center 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.