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Teresa A. Zimmers, PhD Biography

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
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“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

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
  • PhD, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2001
  • BS, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986
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