Dr. Janet Yamamoto, a professor of infectious diseases and viral immunology at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, will be inducted Nov. 7 as a member of the Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida.
The group recognizes the work of individuals in the state who have made major achievements in science, engineering and medicine, and highlights the important research and education conducted in Florida’s universities, industries and other educational corporations.
In 1986, Dr. Yamamoto co-discovered the feline immunodeficiency virus, or FIV, the feline counterpart of HIV. She also invented the first commercial FIV vaccine, sold by Pfizer-Zoetis and Boehringer-Ingleheim. She currently is working to develop an effective T-cell-based HIV vaccine for humans. When used in combination with antiretroviral drugs, these vaccines have the potential to cure HIV and FIV infections in HIV-positive humans and infected cats, respectively.