- Health conditions
- Population health
Sara Zimmer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus.
The focus of Zimmer’s molecular parasitology laboratory is trypanosomes. These vector-borne protozoan parasites cause World Health Organization-designated Neglected Tropical Diseases that are endemic to poor, rural populations and for which new drug targets are urgently needed. Her laboratory studies the stability and degradation of RNA, an important mechanism of trypanosome gene expression, as transcription of both mitochondrial and nuclear genomes is constitutive in this organism.
Zimmer’s teaching areas include microbiology and parasitology.