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Rebecca Colón Ríos



Rebecca (she/her) was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, where she majored in Industrial Microbiology. In her home institution, she worked on screening for pathogenic aerosols in the biology department and identifying environmental fungal interactions with bromeliads.

Now, Rebecca is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the Microbiology Track of the BBS program. In Dr. Barbara Kazmierczak’s lab, she’s studying Acanthamoeba castellanii - Pseudomonas aeruginosa interactions. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys pottery and baking.

Education & Training

  • BS
    University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus, Industrial Microbiology (2020)


  • Determining how small molecules produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa kill Acanthamoeba castellanii
    Estes Park, CO, United States 2023
    Wind River Conference on Prokaryotic Biology