Dr. Rita Colwell
University of Maryland Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
United States of America
Distinguished University Professor
Dr. Rita Colwell holds a B.S. in Bacteriology and an M.S. in Genetics, from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington.

Her interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health.

She is a nationally-respected scientist and educator, and has authored or co-authored 16 books and more than 700 scientific publications.
She produced the award-winning film, Invisible Seas.
2010: Dr. Rita Colwell has been awarded the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize.

1998 - 2004: She became the director of the National Science Foundation
Dr. Colwell has also served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology and also as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Washington Academy of Sciences, the American Society for Microbiology, and the International Union of Microbiological Societies.
Dr. Colwell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical.
She is an honorary member of the microbiological societies of the UK, France, Israel, Bangladesh, and the U.S. and has held several honorary professorships, including the University of Queensland, Australia.
She is also Chairman of Canon US Life Sciences, Inc. and Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

1991 - 1998: She was the President of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, where she remains Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology (on leave).

1984 - 1990: Dr. Colwell was a member of the National Science Board.
The University of Maryland Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology


The University of Maryland Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology is a multidisciplinary center dedicated to research on questions arising from the genome revolution. CBCB brings together scientists and engineers from many fields, including computer science, molecular biology, genomics, genetics, mathematics, statistics, and physics, all of whom share a common interest in gaining a better understanding of how life works.