Michelle R. Lizotte-Waniewski, Ph.D., M.A.
Associate Professor of Population Health and Social Medicine | Director of HealthFirst
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
BC 71, Room 118
Michelle Lizotte-Waniewski, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Population Health and Social Medicine and Director of HealthFirst 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
- 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
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).
- 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.