Dr. Zimmerman named Gilmore Award recipient

Matthew Zimmerman, Ph.D., assistant professor of cellular and integrative physiology, has been named the 2011 recipient of the Joseph P. Gilmore Distinguished New Investigator Award.

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Matthew Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Dr. Zimmerman was honored for his investigations into neuronal molecules called reactive oxygen species and their role in hypertension.

Below, Dr. Zimmerman talks with UNMC Today.

What drew you into research?

I have always been fascinated by the science that underlies our everyday lives. My mother has polio and as a teenager I found myself wondering how she got it and why there seemed to be so few people with polio. ... During my junior year in college ... I was awarded a Howard Hughes Summer Undergraduate Scholarship at the University of Iowa. This experience introduced me to an entire world of possibilities of what my degree could be used for, and ultimately drew me into a career in academic research.

What advice would you give to someone who just started his or her research career?

Surround yourself with great people, quickly establish collaborations with your senior colleagues and insist upon doing good science. Many new investigators get caught up in writing and submitting as many grants as possible. Although getting that first grant funded is important, I believe it is equally (or perhaps more) important to invest time identifying potential collaborators who can help you move your research program in the right direction. ... It is critical that you place yourself in a supportive environment. Our department at UNMC has been exceptional in this regard. Once strong collaborations are established, your difficult experiments will be properly executed, the key pieces of data will be collected, manuscripts will be published and your first grant will be funded.


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Pearl Sorensen
March 23, 2011 at 6:47 AM

Congratulation Dr. Zimmerman. It is great working with you. You are a breath of fresh air for our department.

About the Gilmore award

Dr. Zimmerman will receive the Gilmore award during a ceremony on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the Durham Research Center Auditorium. During the ceremony, he will give a presentation about his research.

The award is named for the late Joseph P. Gilmore, Ph.D., who was professor and chairman of the UNMC Department of Physiology and Biophysics from 1970 to 1987.

The award was established upon his retirement to recognize outstanding research contributions by young UNMC faculty members.