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Professor Roberto La Ragione

Roberto is Director of the Veterinary Pathology Centre and Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Surrey.

Roberto graduated in 1995 and went on to study for a post-graduate degree in veterinary microbiology at the Royal Veterinary College.

In 1996 he moved to the government's Veterinary Laboratories Agency and gained a PhD on the pathogenesis of E. coli in poultry. Upon completion of his PhD he began a post-doctoral position at Royal Holloway, University of London, studying E. coli virulence factors and vaccine development.

Since 2001, Roberto's work has focused largely on the analysis of the colonisation, shedding and transmission of E coli O157:H7 and other foodborne pathogens by all farmed animal species and he has led numerous commercial, Defra and EU projects in this area.

Roberto has published extensively in the area of host-microbe interaction, with a particular emphasis on E. coli and Salmonella. His current research interests focus on the pathogenesis of food-borne pathogens, with a particular interest in AMR and in the development of intervention strategies including vaccination, pre and probiotics for the control of bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella, Brachyspira and E.coli in food-producing animals.

In 2005, Roberto was appointed Head of Pathogenesis and Control at the AHVLA and in 2010 he was appointed Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology at the University of Surrey.

He gained the FRCPath in 2010 and in 2012 was appointed the Associate Dean for Veterinary Strategy in the new School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey. In 2014 Roberto was appointed to the position of Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases and Director of the Veterinary Pathology Centre.

Roberto is the current President of the Med-Vet-Net Association.