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Associate Professor of Population Health and Social Medicine and Director of HealthFirst

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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  
  • 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: - See more at:
  • 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 Review Board, MedEd Portal
  • Editorial Board, Team Based Learning Collaborative
  • Annual Meeting Abstract Reviewer, AAMC


  • 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.

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