Rita Colwell

Environmental Microbiologist

Rita Colwell is an environmental microbiologist whose work has focused mainly on global infectious diseases, safe drinking water, and global health. She founded and chairs CosmosID, a bioinformatics company, is Chairman Emeritus of Canon US Life Sciences, Inc. and Distinguished University Professor, both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Colwell also served as the 11th director of the National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2004.

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