PULLMAN, Wash. — The Agricultural Research Service has named Hong Li, a microbiologist with ARS at Washington State University, a 2000 Early Career Research Scientist.

Li was honored at a Feb. 7 awards ceremony at the Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Maryland, where he received a plaque, a cash award and additional research funding.

Li was chosen for developing tools to diagnose a frequently fatal viral disease of cattle, bison and other ruminants known as malignant catarrhal fever. He also was designated as a special expert by the United Nations for establishing diagnostic assays in West Africa.

The award is given to ARS scientists who have made outstanding scientific contributions while having been with the agency seven years or less and completed their highest academic degree within the past 10 years.

Li joined ARS in 1994 after completing his doctorate and master’s degree, both in microbiology, from WSU. He received his doctorate of veterinary medicine at Sichuan Agricultural University in China in 1982.

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