Michelle R. Lizotte-Waniewski, Ph.D., M.A.

Michelle R. Lizotte-Waniewski

Assistant Dean for Preclinical Curriculum | Director of HealthFirst

Professor of Population Health and Social Medicine

777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL 33431

BC 71, Room 118

p: 561-297-4250


Department: Population Health & Social Medicine


Michelle Lizotte-Waniewski, Ph.D., is Professor of Population Health and Social Medicine, Director of HealthFirst and Assistant Dean for Preclinical Curriculum at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Lizotte-Waniewski's basic science research interests include 1) the binding properties and activities of Tissue Inhibitors of Metalloproteinases and 2) the evolution of activity and mechanism of action of bacterial glycosyltransferase family 6 proteins and their impact on the human-commensal bacteria relationship. In addition, she is the co-director for the Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences integrated medical course. Dr. Lizotte-Waniewski is also involved in creating innovative medical curricular materials for first-year medical students.


  • 1990 B.A., Biological Sciences, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
  • 1993 M.A., Biological Sciences, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
  • 2003 Ph.D., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Work History

  • 2017: Associate Professor of Integrated Medical Science, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • 2009-2017: Visiting Assistant Professor of Research, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
  • 2005-2009 Senior Scientist and Lecturer, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • 2003-2005 Assistant Professor, Department of Science, Bay Path College, Longmeadow, Massachusetts
  • 2003-2005 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dorit Laboratory, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
  • 1993-2003 Laboratory Director, New England Biolabs Molecular Biology and PCR Summer Workshops, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

Scholarly Activity

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Lizotte-Waniewski, M., Brew, K., and Hennekens, C.H. Metalloproteinase Inhibitors Decrease Risks of Cardiovascular Disease. American Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (in revision)
  • Pham, T.T.K., Stinson, B, Thiyagarajan, N., Lizotte-Waniewski, M., Brew, K., and Acharya, K.R. (2014). Structures of complexes of a metal-independent glycosyltransferase GT6 from Bacterioides ovatus with UDP-GalNAc and its hydrolysis products. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 289:8041-8050.
  • Loveland, J.L., Rice, J., Turrini, P.C.G., Lizotte-Waniewski, M. and Dorit, R.L. (2014). Essential is Not Irreplaceable: Fitness Dynamics of Experimental E. coli RNase P RNA Heterologous Replacement. Journal of Molecular Evolution, 79(3-4): 143-152.
  • Thiyagarajan, N., Pham, T.T.K., Stinson, B., Sundriyal, A., Tumbale, P., Lizotte-Waniewski, M., Brew, K. and Acharyab, K.R. (2012). Structure of a metal-independent bacterial glycosyltransferase that catalyzes the synthesis of histo-blood group A antigen. Scientific Reports, 2(940): 1-9.
  • Drowos, J., Lizotte-Waniewski, M., Louda, D. (2015). Pandemic Influenza: What If?. MedEdPORTAL Publications; Available from: https://www.mededportal.org/publication/10162 http://dx.doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.10162 - See more at: https://www.mededportal.org/publication/10162#sthash.FLUasal3.dpuf
  • Brew, K and Lizotte-Waniewski, M. (2015). Naturally-Occurring Polypeptide Inhibitors: Cystatins/Stefins, Inhibitors of Apoptosis (IAPs), Serpins, and Tissue Inhibitors of Metalloproteinases (TIMPs), in Encyclopedia of Cell Biology, edited by RA Bradshaw and PD Stahl, Academic Press.
  • Riley, M.A. and Lizotte-Waniewski, M. Population genomics and the bacterial species concept. In Horizontal gene transfer - Genomes in Flux. Humana Press, (Editors; Gogarten, Olendzenski and Gogarten), pp 19. (2009).
  • Bannigan, A., Lizotte-Waniewski, M., Riley, M.A. and Baskin,T. Emerging molecular mechanisms that power and regulate the anastral mitotic spindle of flowering plants. Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton 65: 1-11. (2008).
  • Satpathy M, Gallagher, P., Lizotte-Waniewski, M., and Srinivas, S.P. Thrombin-induced phosphorylation of the regulatory light chain of myosin II in cultured bovine corneal endothelial cells. Experimental Eye Research, 79(4): 477-486. (2004).
  • Williams, S.A., Laney, S., Lizotte-Waniewski, M., Bierwert, L, and Unnasch. T. The River Blindness Genome Project. Trends in Parasitology 18(2): 86-90. (2002).

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Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Review Board, MedEd Portal
  • Editorial Board, Team Based Learning Collaborative
  • Annual Meeting Abstract Reviewer, AAMC

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Outstanding Course Director Award (FAU)
  • 2012 Excellence In Graduate Teaching Award (FAU)
  • 2011 Dwight W. Warren Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award (FAU)
  • 1993 Sigma Xi (Biology) - associate member
  • 1990 American Association of University Women Smith College Alumnae Scholarship


  • Lizotte-Waniewski, M. and Williams S.A. (2001). Polymerase Chain Reaction Assays for the Detection of Dirofilaria immitis in Blood and Mosquitoes. U.S.Docket Number 63051.

Additional Information
The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine offers students a variety of educational programs and degrees.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road, BC-71
Boca Raton, FL 33431