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Tilahun Daniel Yilma

educator , researcher , veterinarian , virologist

Tilahun Daniel Yilma, American virologist, veterinarian, educator, researcher. Recipient Ciba-Geigy prize Ciba-Geigy Ltd., 1990, Beecham award, 1988. Member of National Academy of Sciences.


Yilma, Tilahun Daniel was born on December 15, 1943 in Bulki, Gemugofa, Ethiopia.


Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science, University California, Davis, 1968. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University California, Davis, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, University California, Davis, 1977.


Head veterinary scv. Minister Agriculture, Harar, Ethiopia, 1970-1971. Lecturer United Nations Development Programme/Food and Agriculture Organization (of the United Nations) of the United Nations School for Animal Health Assistants, DebreZeit, Ethiopia, 1971-1972. Research associate United States Department of Agriculture, Greenport, New York, 1977-1979.

Assistant professor veterinary microbiology, pathology Washington State University, Pullman, 1980-1985, associate professor veterinary microbiology, pathology, 1985-1986. Professor virology University California, Davis, since 1986, director International Laboratory Molecular Biology for Tropical Disease Agents.


  • Patentee in field.


Member of National Academy of Sciences.


Parents Wolde-Ab Yilma and Getenesh Negewo.