Title: Associate Professor of Biology
Teaching Focus: Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics (BIO233), Microbiology (BIO304), Cell and Molecular Biology (BIO384) and Genetics and Genomics (BIO444), and Introduction to Human Biology (BIO 1004) and Medical Microbiology (BIO214)
Education: Ph.D., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2012
Dr. Zimmerman joined the faculty at College of the Ozarks in 2013. He serves as an academic advisor for Human and Molecular Biology majors and the Physician’s Assistant Pre-Professional Program and is co-sponsor of the Pre-Medicine Club. Dr. Zimmerman is interested in mechanisms of gene regulation and the application of new techniques in gene editing.He has previously overseen Senior Thesis (BIO462) research projects involving synthetic biology systems to study the effects of cis-element copy number and location on reporter gene expression, and the expression of clinically relevant transgenes in probiotics using drug-free selection systems. He is currently investigating the ability of a CRISPR-Cas9 base editor to modify disease associated SNPs in mammalian tissue culture.