Daniel V. Lim, Ph.D., 2004 Homeland Security Award

Written by on April 10, 2004 in 2004, Homeland Security Award, Researcher

Daniel Lim

Daniel V. Lim, Ph.D.

Professor of Microbiology
Department of Biology and Center for
Biological Defense University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

Dr. Daniel V. Lim was selected for his work in developing a test capable of identifying the presence of anthrax, ricin and other bioterrorism hazards in food, water and blood.   Dr. Lim joined the Department of Biology, University of South Florida (USF), in 1976 after receiving his B.A. in Biology (1970) from Rice University, Ph.D. in Microbiology (1973) from Texas A&M University, and doing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Lim currently receives $2.2 million in annual support for his research on development of rapid biosensor assays for detection of biological threat agents from the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command, NIH and other agencies.   He works closely with companies, Federal and State agencies, the military and other universities on development and implementation of these rapid detection procedures.

Dr. Lim served as Interim Chairman of Biology at USF from 1985-1987 and was the Founding Director of the USF Institute for Biomolecular Science from 1988-1993.   He also is associated with the USF Center for Biological Defense and is routinely invited to speak on the subjects of biodefense and biothreat agents at national conferences and workshops.

Dr. Lim is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, a member of the American Society for Microbiology Council, and serves on NIH, USDA, and other Federal study sections. Dr. Lim is author of a textbook, Microbiology (West Publishing Company, First Edition; McGraw-Hill, Second Edition; Kendall/Hunt, Third Edition), and a laboratory manual, Introduction to Microbiology (Contemporary Publishing Company).

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is honored to have had the assistance of the following distinguished individuals serving on the 2004 Homeland Security Awards Evaluation Committee:

  • Honorable Joseph F. Bruno – Commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management, New York, New York.
  • Mildred Donlon, Ph.D. – Program Manager for the Biological Warfare Defense Program in the Defense Sciences Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia.
  • Honorable Asa Hutchinson – Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security at the Department of Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.
  • Thomas J. Price – Executive Director of the American Association of Engineering Societies, Washington, D.C.


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