Dr. Lorne Babiuk, FRSCDirector
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK, Canada.
Dr. Babiuk is the Director of the Veterinary Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) and Canada Research Chair in Vaccinology in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Under his direction, VIDO has become internationally recognized for its role in the use of biotechnology to develop veterinary vaccines. The world’s first genetically engineered vaccine for animal species was developed at VIDO.
Lorne has held prestigious national and international awards for excellence in research and for transferring research into the commercial arena including an NSERC Chair in Biotechnology, Canadian Society of Microbiology Award, Xerox-Canada Forum Award.
He has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board or Board of Directors for companies involved in commercializing biological research and as a consultant to Genetech, Molecular Genetics Inc., CIBA-GIEGY, BIOSTAR Inc. and he has conducted due diligence studies for investors and companies regarding the commercial potential of specific scientific proposals.
He has mentored over 50 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who have obtained positions in industry, academia and government, served as a member of many grant and government committees and as a reviewer for various scientific journals, as well as serving on general editorial boards. He has published over 350 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 70 book chapters and reviews, and is holder of 18 issued patents and 14 patents pending.
His special areas of research are in molecular virology, vaccinology, immunology, and viral pathogenesis with emphasis on bovine respiratory and enteric viral infections. Recent interest has been in novel vaccine development and in delivery to induce mucosal immunity, as well as helping set science policy in Canada.