Michaela Gazdik Stofer

Faculty Member

Dr. Michaela Gazdik Stofer


I joined the Biology Department at UVU as an Associate Professor of Biology in August 2016 and became Biology Department chair in July 2020. Before that, I was an Assistant/Associate Professor of Molecular Biology at Ferrum College and a Research Scientist in the Division of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology at Intermountain Healthcare. My educational background includes a Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology from Rutgers University and a Masters and PhD in Biomedical Sciences from SUNY Albany. While in graduate school I also completed an NIH Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease training program.


Ph D, State University of New York at Albany, 2007

Major: Biomedical Science

MS, State University of New York at Albany, 2004

Major: Biomedical Sciences

BS, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, 2001

Major: Biotechnology


MICR 3650

Microbial Genetics, Spring 2023


Student Research, Spring 2023


Student Research, Spring 2023


Gazdik Stofer, Michaela , American Society of Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Education, "Writing Case Studies_ A Replacement for the Standard Research Paper", American Society of Microbiology, Virtual. (June 30, 2021)

Scholarly/Creative Works

Rawson, Clayton , Hooper, Victoria , Hansen, Riley , Gazdik Stofer, Michaela , (2023) "Celiac disease and a gluten-free diet lead to loss of Methanobrevibacter from the gut microbiome" . URNCST Journal. https://doi.org/10.26685/urncst.393
Washburn, Rachel L, Sandberg, Daniel S, Gazdik Stofer, Michaela , (2022) "Supplementation of a single species probiotic does not affect diversity and composition of the healthy adult gastrointestinal microbiome" (vol. 28). Human Nutrition and Metabolism.
Gazdik Stofer, Michaela , (2020) "Maggie’s Illness_ Protein Structure and Function in Cystic Fibrosis. " . Buffalo, NY: National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. https://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/collection/detail.html?case_id=1152&id=1152
Gazdik Stofer, Michaela A, (2020) "The Unluckiest Man in the World? An Examination of Immune System Function. " . Buffalo, NY: National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. https://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/collection/detail.html?case_id=1144&id=1144
Ford, Clyde D, Coombs, Jana , Gazdik Stofer, Michaela A, Lopansri, Bert K, Webb, Brandon J, Ostronoff, F , Asch, J , Hoda, D , (2019) "Decrease in vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus colonization associated with a reduction in carbapenem use as empiric therapy for febrile neutropenia in patients with acute leukemia. " (Issue: 7, vol. 40). Infec Control Hosp Epidemiol.
Ford, C D, Gazdik Stofer, Michaela , Coombs, J , Lopansri, B K, Webb, B J, Motyckova, G , Petersen, F B, (2017) "Decrease in Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus Colonization After Extensive Renovation of a Unit Dedicated to the Treatment of Hematologic Malignancies and Hematopoietic Stem-Cell Transplantation." (Issue: 9, vol. 38). Infection control and hospital epidemiology.


Provost Award of Excellence

UVU Academic Affairs - April, 2023

Flexible Teaching Award - 2nd place

UVU Office of Teaching and Learning

AdvanceHE Fellow

College of Science Faculty Excellence Award