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About Me

I grew up in a Chicago suburb and moved to San Diego for undergraduate work in 2003. As an undergrad, I spent two summers researching microbial diversity and control of iron cycling in the Tijuana Estuary under the guidance of Dr. David Cummings. I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. While working part time as a laboratory instructor at PLNU, I also began work as a Research Associate at Kent SeaTech Corp. investigating bacteriophage therapeutics as an alternative to antibiotics in disease treatment. After almost two years of working in the private sector, I decided to return to academia for a doctoral degree in microbial ecology.

At present, I am a 5th year PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine under the guidance of Dr. Steve Allison. In Dr. Allison’s lab, I’m studying the physiological and ecological factors that underlie microbial allocation strategies and the implications for the functional relationships in microbial communities. My career goal is to be in a faculty position where I can teach and lead research that promotes laboratory experience for students preparing to enter the field. I aim to develop a research program that applies tools from a variety of disciplines in order to advance understanding of the microbial component of marine systems.

Amy E. Zimmerman