David Westenberg, Ph.D.

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dr. Dave Westenberg is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He spent 2 years in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and 4 years as a USDA post-doctoral fellow at Dartmouth College. He co-directed the Missouri S&T Science Education and Quantitative Literacy professional development program for K-12 teachers and has taught teacher workshops for the BioBuilder Foundation. He has been active in microbiology education as part of the ASM Scholars-in-Residence Program (Biology Scholars) and has chaired the ASM Committee for K-12 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. As an HHMI Biointeractive Higher Education Teacher Ambassador he has given educational presentations at local, regional and national conferences. In addition to his research and teaching he is the advisor to the Missouri S&T chapter of the National Society for Leadership and Success, co-advisor to Helix, the S&T Biology Student organization and the Missouri S&T IGEM, synthetic biology student design team.