Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology


Dr. Zimmerman received a BS in Zoology in 1978 at the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in Physiology & Biophysics in 1982 at the University of Miami Medical School, with advisors Dr. Birgit Rose and Dr. Karl Magleby. Her PhD thesis project was on the mechanism of cell-to-cell communication via gap junctions. Before arriving at Brown in 1987, she obtained postdoctoral training with Dr. Denis Baylor in Neurobiology at Stanford Medical School, where she began studying ion channels and visual transduction in rods and cones. At Brown, she continued to perform NIH-funded research on ion channel biophysics, regulation and function in sensory transduction, but she has since closed her lab, and her research involvement is now limited to the role of informal consultant for her active research colleagues. Dr. Zimmerman teaches cellular neurophysiology and biophysics to medical students, as well as to graduate and undergraduate students. She is Professor of Medicine in the Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology (MMI), and Director for Student Support & Inclusion in the Therapeutic Sciences Graduate Program.

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