Robert P Ellis, Course Director

BBTC-CourseDir_RobertPEllisRobert Ellis, PhD, CBSP, graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in Microbiology. Bob’s education continued with the MS and PhD degrees earned at the Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine. He is currently the Director of Biosafety at Colorado State University. Bob joined the faculty at CSU in January 1978, and is Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. Bob was appointed to the CSU Biosafety Committee in 1978, and was Biosafety Officer 1986–1989, and 1997–present.

Bob is a Certified Biological Safety Professional and a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (Honorary). He was elected to the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) Council in October, 2004, and was elected President-Elect of ABSA for 2008. He served as the ABSA President October 2008 to October 2009. Bob is on the Editorial Board for Applied Biosafety. Bob has taught many pre-conference and summer session courses for ABSA and the Eagleson Institute. In addition to his CSU and ABSA activities, he has been the Executive Director of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) 1987 through 2014, and was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Animal Health Research Reviews. Bob was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP) of the National Institute of Health (NIH) 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 founded and continues to direct the Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Course (BBTC) in Fort Collins, CO, USA. The BBTC is held each July and includes Animal, General, and Plant biosafety and biosecurity training sessions. Fifteen topic experts present and instruct the Animal, General, and Plant Sessions. For 2018 the BBTC transitioned to the Biosafety and Biosecurity Training Course-Global (BBTC-Global), a remote-based (on-line) interactive course presented through a Learning Management System. 2019 brought the Biosafety and Biosafety Training Course back to Fort Collins, CO, to be held on-site.

Bob received the 2015 Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award. The Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award is given to a current ABSA (American Biological Safety Association) 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.