Last updated on: 3/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Teresa A. Zimmers, PhD Biography

Title:
Research Assistant Professor in the Dewitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery and Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy of the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“We were able to analyze only a limited number of executions. However, our findings suggest that current lethal injection protocols may not reliably effect death through the mechanisms intended, indicating a failure of design and implementation. If thiopental and potassium chloride fail to cause anesthesia and cardiac arrest, potentially aware inmates could die through pancuronium-induced asphyxiation. Thus the conventional view of lethal injection leading to an invariably peaceful and painless death is questionable.”

Cowritten with Sheldon, J, Lubarsky, DA, Lopez-Munoz, F, Waterman, L, Weisman, R, Koniaris, LG, “Lethal Injection for Execution: Chemical Asphyxiation?,” PLoS Medicine, Apr. 4, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Assistant Professor, Dewitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery and Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, 2003-present
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Rochester School of Medicine, 2001-2004
  • Member, Biobehavioral Oncology and Cancer Epidemiology Program, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Member, Graduate Faculty, Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology Program
  • Member, Graduate Faculty, Cancer Biology Program
Education:
  • PhD, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2001
  • BS, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. What Are the Forms of Execution in the United States?