Robert P. Ellis, Ph.D., DVM, DM
Professor and University Director of Biosafety
Deptartment of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Environmental Health Services
Biosafety, Immunology, and Microbiology
My research focuses on the following topics in microbiology, biosafety, and immunology: countermeasures, diagnostic, outbreak response surveillance, vaccine, virulence detection, clinical, emerging bacterial diseases, and risk assessment.
The infectious disease agents that I have worked with in my research are: Clostridium perfringens, enterotoxigenic E. coli, Dichelobacter nodosus (foot rot in sheep), whirling disease in trout, Brucella ovis (epididymitis in rams) and a few others.
As the University Director of Biosafety at CSU, I am responsible for all aspects of the University Biosafety Program. This includes laboratory audits, contracts for biosafety cabinet and HEPA filter certification, guiding and administering the University’s research involving infectious microorganisms and rDNA, and training in biosafety, bloodborne pathogens, and personal protective equipment. I am the Responsible Official for Colorado State University’s Select Agent research program and I have obtained registration and renewal for that program through CDC.
From 1997-2000, I assisted in the design for a 12,000 sf building, with 9,000 sf in the BSL-3 containment area. I was involved with the construction and commissioning, as well as the design and I am continually involved in the day-to-day operation of the building. I was part of the design team for the planned addition to the BSL-3 building and for the Regional Biocontainment Lab which was completed 2007.
In addition to the above, I have conducted and reported on facility audits ranging from individual laboratories for private and public entities to a comprehensive biosecurity and biosafety audit of the research and clinic operation at a college of veterinary medicine.
I am currently the Executive Director of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases and President-elect of American Biological Safety Association.