Robert Ellis

Emeritus Professor Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

About Robert

Bob joined the faculty at CSU in January 1978, and is Emeritus Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. Bob was Biosafety Officer at CSU 1986-1989, and the University Biosafety Director 1997-2020. Bob is a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (Honorary). He was elected to the ABSA Council in October, 2004, and was ABSA President October 2008 to October 2009. Bob received the 2015 Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award which is awarded to a current ABSA member for “outstanding contributions to the American Biological Safety Association by promoting the field of biological safety and fostering, by example, the high professional standards of the Association’s membership.” Bob was on the Editorial Board for Applied Biosafety (2005-2016). Bob has taught many pre-conference and summer session courses for ABSA and the Eagleson Institute. He was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Animal Health Research Reviews. Bob was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the NIH National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program 2006 through 2011. Bob received the Russian Academy of Agriculture Science, Division of Veterinary Medicine, Gold Medal of Achievement in the field of Veterinary Science in 2008. Bob serves on the Biosafety Committees for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC). He has extensive experience in the design, construction, and operation of BSL-2 and BSL-3 facilities, and is recognized nationally and internationally for his knowledge and practical application of Biosafety practices and principles. In 2004, Bob initiated and directed the Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Course (BBTC) which has been held each July and includes General, Animal, and Plant biosafety and biosecurity training sessions.


PhD, Purdue University, 1972MS, Purdue University, 1969BS, University of Wyoming, 1966


Certified Biological Safety Professional
American Biological Safety Association, 2001
Specialist Microbiologist in Biological Safety
American College of Microbiology, 2001
Honorary, 2002
American College of Veterinary Microbiology