Professor Robert Bragg
Professor of Microbial Biochemical and Food Biotechnology
University of Free State Bloemfontien
Professor Robert Bragg obtained B.Sc. degree with Microbiology and Zoology in December 1981, followed by a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Microbiology obtained December 1982 and an M.Sc. degree in 1989, all from the University of the Witwatersrand. He obtained a PhD from the University of Pretoria in May 1996. He was employed at the Veterinary Research Institute at Onderstepoort from 1990 to 1998, where he worked on disease of fish (bacterial and viral). In 1998, Professor Robert Bragg moved to the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Pretoria where he worked on various poultry diseases, but mostly on infectious coryza and mostly focusing on vaccine development. In 1998, he moved to the Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry of the University of the Free State where he is still currently employed as a full professor. In addition, he has a C-1 rating from the NRF. Current research activities remain on the control of infectious coryza and development of new generation vaccines, disease control through improved biosecurity and understanding resistance of bacteria to antimicrobials such as disinfectants.
He is also studying the link between antibiotic and disinfectant resistance. Professor Robert Bragg is a member of the sub-committee to the Advisory committee of the Genetically modified organisms Act (Act 15 of 1997) since June 2008.
His current teaching responsibilities include
- MCBP 3724: Pathogens and Immunity (3rd year)
- MCBD 6824: (Bacteriology) Bacterial ecology and taxonomy (Hons)
- MCBD 6824: (Virology) Virology ecology and taxonomy (Hons)
- DIM 607: Public Health – Master’s degree in Disaster Management
- DIM608: Biological warfare – Master’s degree in Disaster Management
Professor Robert Braggs' main interest and activity is on the training of post-graduate students. He has published nearly 100 peer reviewed scientific articles.
Number of B.Sc. (Hons) completed = 65; Current = 1
Number of M.Sc. degrees completed = 34; Current = 8
Number of PhD degrees completed = 11; Current = 1