Saif's contributions go well beyond the world of academia. Tim Barman, longtime veterinarian at Cooper Farms, a large poultry and swine operation in western Ohio, says Saif always makes himself available to help and is a great consensus builder and leader.
"Mo has a great mind, great memory," Barman says. "He is extremely knowledgeable, regardless of animal species. And he knows people all over the world that he can call on to help you with any issue you may have.
"Mo cares about the producers, about the people who grow our food. He listens to everybody."
Saif was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1934. He graduated from Cairo University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1958. After graduation, he worked as an avian and large animal veterinarian and also taught at his alma mater.
Saif came to Ohio State in 1962 to complete his master's and doctoral degrees in veterinary preventive medicine. After graduation, he stayed at OARDC as a research assistant (1965-67) and a postdoctoral fellow (1967-68).
He then joined the faculty at OARDC as an assistant professor of veterinary and poultry science in 1968, becoming associate professor in 1973 and professor in 1977. Saif was also named assistant dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Under his leadership, FAHRP has become an internationally recognized research program tackling some of the most pressing animal disease threats today.