2016 Faculty

Robert P. Ellis, PhD, CBSP, DACVM (Honorary)

Dr. Ellis graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in Microbiology, and MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University. He is Director of Biosafety and Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology at Colorado State University (CSU). He was awarded the Russian Academy of Agricultural Science Gold Medal of Achievement in the field of Veterinary Science, December 2008. In October 2015, Bob was awarded the Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award, which is given to a current ABSA member for outstanding contributions to ABSA by promoting the field of biological safety and fostering, by example, the high professional standards of the Association's membership.

Bob was on the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) Council for 6 years and was President 2008-2009. Bob was the Executive Director of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases from 1987 - 2014, and was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Animal Health Research Reviews. Bob initiated (2004) and directs the Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Course (BBTC) each July in Fort Collins, CO.

Bob grew up on the family sheep and cattle ranch NW of Lander, WY. Bob and his brother Dick (ranch manager) are co-owners of the family ranch which was purchased by their great-grand parents in 1918. In Bob’s words regarding how he handles his different roles in life, “I just change hats and step into a different role. I am comfortable with whom I am; it would be too hard trying to be someone else.”