Michael Budziszek

Associate Professor,  College of Arts & Sciences

Contact Information
I teach biology, botany, life sciences and molecular biology. I also build hydroponic systems and keep vertical gardens.”


I have a MS and PhD in the Biological Sciences, and my background is in plant molecular biology. I am a research scientist and have applied my skills as a researcher to both my scientific field and the field of teaching and learning.

My current scientific research involves defining the roles that various cell wall synthase genes have on the development of the plant cell wall. I am also actively researching how students learn in order to better align my teaching style and attempt to create a more optimal environment for learning. In that regard, I am a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Outcomes Assessment Committee (Chair from 2014-16).

Here at JWU, I have assisted in the development of both the Physician Assistant (PA) and Biology programs. I am also the advisor to the Arts in Sciences Club, where we use scientific protocols to produce artwork. In the future, I hope to engage Biology students in scientific research endeavors.

Areas of Expertise

  • Bochemistry
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental sciences
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Nutrigenomics
  • Organic chemistry
  • Sustainability
  • Targeted gene transformation

Sample Courses

  • SCI 1005: Introduction to Botany
  • SCI 1010: Environmental Science
  • SCI 1015: Introduction to Life Science
  • BIO 1011: General Biology (Cellular)
  • BIO 1015: General Biology Lab (Cellular)

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005-present
  • National Science Teacher Association, 2010-present
  • American Chemical Society, 2010-present
  • National Association of Biology Teachers, 2015-present
  • New England Educational Assessment Network, 2012-present

Recent Publications

  • “Immuno and Affinity Cytochemical Analysis of Cell Wall Composition in the Moss Physcomitrella patens,” Frontiers in Plant Science, 2016. Authors: Elizabeth Berry, Alison Roberts, Tess Scavuzzo-Duggan, Mai Tran, Michael Budziszek and Christos Dimos
  • “Knocking Out the Wall: Protocols for Gene Targeting in Physcomitrella patens,” The Plant Cell Wall: Methods and Protocols (Humana Press, 2011). Editor: Zoë A. Popper. Authors: Alison Roberts, Michael Budziszek, Christos Dimos, Chessa Goss and Virginia Lai.