Rita D. Colon-Urban

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Job title: 

Distinguished Teaching Professor






Natural Sciences



Courses taught: 

  • BS 2410 Basic Biology II Lecture
  • BS 2411 Basic Biology II Laboratory
  • BS 350 Comparative Anatomy
  • BS 4430 Developmental Biology
  • BS 5420 Seminar II: Writing in the Discipline


  • Ph.D., New York University, New York
  • M.S., New York University, New York
  • B.S., Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, P.R.

Research interests: 

  • Evolution of β-lactam resistance in gram negative bacteria.

Select publications & presentations: 

  • Tiruvury H, Mariano N, Grenner L, Erritouni M, Wehbeh W, Colon-Urban R., Segal-Maurer S, Rahal JJ, Johnston B, Johnson JR, Urban C. Identification of CTX-M-β-lactamases in Escherichia coli from the community in New York City. (2012) Diagnostic Microbiol Infect Dis 72:248-252.
  • Woods KL, Johnson JR, Padkowsky S, Mariano N, Colon-Urban R, Hassanein M, Wehbeh W, Johnston BD, Clabots C, Zahid S, Urban C. Community associated Escherichia coli harboring CTX-M-15 β-lactamases isolated from urine cultures in pediatric patients. (2012) Antimicrob. Agents Chemother 56:2209-2210.
  • Nussbaum, A., Mariano, N., Colon-Urban, R., Modeste, R., Zahid, S., Wehbeh, W., Segal-Maurer, S., Urban, C. Microbiologic and clinical comparison of patients harboring Escherichia coli blood isolates with and without extended-spectrum β-lactamases. 2013. Advances in Infect. Dis. 3: 50-54.
  • Kopacz, J., Mariano, N., Colon-Urban, R., Sychangco, P., Wehbeh, W., Segal-Maurer, S., Urban, C. Identification of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-positive Klebsiella pneumoniae urinary tract isolates harboring KPC and CTX-M β-lactamases in non-hospitalized patients. 2013. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 57: 5166-5169
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference Minority Students (2008) - Burke, K., Colon-Urban, R., Mariano, N., Grenner, L., Urban, C., Rahal, J.J. Identification and contribution of outer membrane porin proteins to carbapenem resistance in carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae and Escherichiae coli clinical isolates.2008 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Orlando, FL. Winner poster/presentation in Microbiology