CSU biosafety director receives prestigious Hanel award
Ellis received the Everett Hanel Jr. Presidential Award for his work in promoting safety and high professional standards within biological laboratories at CSU. A professor within CSU's Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, Ellis has served in the director position for approximately 20 years.
In the university report, Ellis explained the importance of biosafety within research labs on campus that are researching pathogens including tularemia, the plague, tuberculosis and the West Nile virus. The university is one of the leading institutions researching at Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3).
"We are very strict about who is suitably qualified to do the job," Ellis said. "We prepare people so that if something does go wrong, they’re ready to handle it. For those conducting research at the BSL-3 level, we require intense training, followed by required refresher training annually and constant observation by peers. The main goal for biosafety is to work with the research community and make sure the protocols being used are the best procedures to follow in the research."
In addition to directing biosafety operations, Ellis teaches graduate-level courses and conducts training for U.S. and international research professionals.