About DJW

Dr. Dave Westenberg is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology. His laboratory primarily focuses on the role of rhizosphere microorganisms on plant nutrition and bioremediation. His lab has additional projects studying the antimicrobial properties of bioactive glass and oil smoke vapors. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Public Health from Michigan State University and his PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He spent two years in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Gerhardt Gottschalk and four years as a USDA post-doctoral fellow at Dartmouth College in the laboratory of Dr. Mary Lou Guerinot. He also completed a six-month sabbatical in Marburg, Germany funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He co-directs the Missouri S&T Science Education and Quantitative Literacy professional development program for K-12 teachers. He has been active in microbiology education as an American Society for Microbiology Scholar-in-Residence (now called Biology Scholars) which provides training and guidance for faculty interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning and is chair of the ASM Committee on K-12 Education and Outreach. He has received numerous awards for teaching and advising including the Class of ’42 Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award and Alumni Outstanding Advisor Award from the Missouri S&T Alumni Association, The Distinguished Advisor Award from the Missouri S&T Student Life and the 2017 Science Educator Award from the Academy of Sciences, Saint Louis. He was named a Missouri S&T Dean’s Teaching Scholar, National Academy of Science Education Fellow in Life Sciences and an HHMI Biointeractive Teaching Ambassador and has presented his findings at local, regional and national education conferences.