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

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?