Matz, Becky


Bachelor of Science

University of Illinois, 2007

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Michigan 2012


About this team member

Becky graduated from the University of Illinois in 2007 with a B.S. in Chemistry. At U of I, she did research with Scott Silverman on catalytic DNA. At Michigan, Becky completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry in the Banaszak Holl lab where her research focused on understanding cellular responses to nonviral gene delivery agents and on the implications of concurrent versus nonconcurrent enrollment in general chemistry lecture and laboratory.  In addition to her PhD, she also completed a M.S. in Post-Secondary Science Education with the guidance of Joe Krajcik, Director of IRMSE at Michigan State University.

Her work on learning in general chemistry was highlighted in CBE-Life Sciences Education.

Becky  was a  post-doc at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan.  She is now assistant professor at Michigan State University.


  • Polyplex Exposure Inhibits Cell Cycle, Increases Inflammatory Response, and Can Cause Protein Expression without Cell Division Molecular Pharmaceutics 2013 10 1306-1317
  • Concurrent Enrollment in Lecture and Laboratory Enhances Student Performance and Retention Journal of Research in Science Teaching 2012 49 659-689
  • Cell Volume Changes During Apoptosis Monitored in Real Time Using Digital Holographic Microscopy Journal of Structural Biology 2012 178 270-278
  • Dual-wavelength digital holographic imaging with phase background subtraction Optical Engineering 2012 51 55801
  • Dual-wavelength linear regression phase unwrapping in three-dimensional microscopic images of cancer cells Optics Letters 2011 36 912-914