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JANET K. YAMAMOTO.
As a pathobiology professor
at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary
Medicine, she co-developed a
vaccine for the feline version of HIV – FIV –
feline immunodeficiency virus – that may lead to
a similar version for human. (Cats and monkeys –
but not dogs – have their own versions of human
Dr. Yamamoto’s grandfather was the first person
to publish Albert Einstein’s works in Japanese
– and in return, Einstein sponsored her father
to become the first Japanese person to become an American
citizen after WW II, so her interest in science is natural.
In 1981. Dr. Yamamoto received her Ph.D. in microbiology
from the University of Texas, and as a researcher at
the University of California at Davis, she discovered
FIV in 1988, along with fellow professor Niels C. Pederson.
Dr. Yamamoto stresses that “just because there
are medications on the market to treat HIV/AIDS does
not mean there is a cure. Awareness has dropped in the
United States and it’s imperative that the public
understand that this is not just a foreign issue.”
The University of Florida is the main recipient of
any profits from the Marathon, principally due to the
Foundation’s belief that Dr. Yamamoto’s
research with cats could lead to find to finding a vaccine
for human HIV/AIDS. Not that she’s all work and
no play, in her off time, she enjoys playing baseball
and listening to classical music.