Professor Roberto La Ragione graduated in 1995 before going on to study for a post-graduate degree in veterinary microbiology at the Royal Veterinary College (University of London).
In 1996 he moved to the government’s Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) to undertake a PhD on the pathogenesis on E.coli in poultry.
On completion of his PhD studies, Roberto commenced a postdoctoral position at Royal Holloway, University of London, studying E.coli virulence factors and vaccine development. Since 2001 his work has focused largely on the analysis of the colonisation, shedding and transmission of E.coli O157:H7 by all farmed animal species and he has led a number of commercial, DEFRA, research council and EU projects in this area.
IN 2015 he 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 of Veterinary Strategy in the new School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey. In 2014 he was appointed to the position of Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases and Director of the Veterinary Pathology Centre. He is the current President of the Med-Vet-Net Association.
Roberto has published extensively throughout his career in the area of host-microbe interaction with a particular emphasis on intervention strategies, antibiotic resistance, E.coli and Salmonella.