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Shawn Zimmerman

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Animal, Dairy & Vet Sciences

Veterinary Clinical Pathology, Infectious Diseases, Animal Models of Disease

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Hours: Call or Email for Appointment
Office Location: CIB 307
DialPhone: 435-797-0920

Educational Background

PhD, Infectious Diseases, University of Georgia, 2015
Animal Model and Vaccine Candidate Development for Burkholderia mallei
Other, Residency in Veterinary Clinical Pathology, University of Georgia, 2011
DVM, Small and Exotic Animal Medicine, Louisiana State University, 2008
BS, Biology, Lyon College, 2004

Licensures & Certifications

Active Veterinarian, Utah Department of Commerce, 2020
Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion, University of Georgia, 2020
Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Pathologists, 2013
Active Veterinarian, Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine, 2008


Shawn Zimmerman is a board-certified veterinary clinical pathologist and infectious disease researcher that joined the ADVS department in July 2020. Dr. Zimmerman holds appointments in the USU SVM and UVDL.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Zimmerman is the course coordinator for veterinary clinical pathology. Her other teaching interests include general pathology, microbiology, immunology, and molecular biology.

Research Interests

The Zimmerman laboratory studies zoonotic Gram-negative bacteria to better understand their pathogenic mechanisms and interactions in the host, with the end goal of developing improved diagnostic techniques and medical countermeasures for human and animal health. Current projects include (1) using advanced molecular techniques to study novel virulence determinants in Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli ​​​​[ETEC] and (2) establishing improved animal models of infection with ETEC. Our lab is always looking for ambitious and hardworking students that are interested in learning more about biomedical research.


Loan Repayment Renewal Award, 2018

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, 2016

Morris Animal Foundation

Loan Repayment Award, 2016

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Veterinary Fellowship for Advanced Study, 2011

Morris Animal Foundation and Zoetis

Morrow B. Thompson Award , 2011

University of Georgia

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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      Publications - Fact Sheets

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        Publications - Curriculum

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          Publications - Journal Articles

            Academic Journal

          • Zimmerman, S.M, Lafontaine, A.J, Herrera, C.M, Mclean, A.B, Trent, M.S, (2020). A whole-cell screen identifies small bioactives that synergize with polymyxin and exhibit antimicrobial activities against multidrug-resistant bacteria. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 64:3
          • Zimmerman, S.M, Long, M.E, Dyke, J.S, Jelesijevic, T.P, Michel, F., Lafontaine, E.R, Hogan, R.J, (2018). Use of Immunohistochemistry to Demonstrate In Vivo Expression of the Burkholderia mallei Virulence Factor BpaB During Experimental Glanders. Veterinary pathology, 55:2, 258--267.
          • Zimmerman, S.M, Dyke, J.S, Jelesijevic, T.P, Michel, F., Lafontaine, E.R, Hogan, R.J, (2017). Antibodies against in vivo-expressed antigens are sufficient to protect against lethal aerosol infection with Burkholderia mallei and Burkholderia pseudomallei. Infection and immunity, IAI--00102.
          • Henderson, J.C, Zimmerman, S.M, Crofts, A.A, Boll, J.M, Kuhns, L.G, Herrera, C.M, Trent, M.S, (2016). The power of asymmetry: architecture and assembly of the Gram-negative outer membrane lipid bilayer. Annual review of microbiology, 70, 255--278.
          • Zimmerman, S.M, Michel, F., Hogan, R.J, Lafontaine, E.R, (2015). The autotransporter BpaB contributes to the virulence of Burkholderia mallei in an aerosol model of infection. PloS one, 10:5, e0126437.
          • Jelesijevic, T., Zimmerman, S.M, Harvey, S.B, Mead, D.G, Shaffer, T.L, Estes, D.M, Michel, F., Quinn, F.D, Hogan, R.J, Lafontaine, E.R, (2015). Use of the common marmoset to study Burkholderia mallei infection. PLoS One, 10:4, e0124181.
          • Lafontaine, E.R, Zimmerman, S.M, Shaffer, T.L, Michel, F., Gao, X., Hogan, R.J, (2013). Use of a safe, reproducible, and rapid aerosol delivery method to study infection by Burkholderia pseudomallei and Burkholderia mallei in mice. PloS one, 8:10, e76804.
          • Schmiedt, C.W, Zimmerman, S.M, Torres, B.T, Bell, D., Uhl, E.W, Zimmerman, S.M, Epstein, J., Cornell, K.K, (2012). Treatment of intestinal pythiosis in a dog with a combination of marginal excision, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 241:3, 358--363.
          • Garner, B., Zimmerman, S.M, Brown, H.M, (2011). Unique urinalysis. Veterinary clinical pathology, 40:3, 279--279.
          • Thomas, D.J, Sullivan, S.L, Price, A.L, Zimmerman, S.M, (2005). Common freshwater cyanobacteria grow in 100\% CO2. Astrobiology, 5:1, 66--74.

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          Publications - Literary Journal

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            Publications - MultiMedia

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              Publications - Technical Reports

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                Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                  Publications - Other


                  • Zimmerman, S.M, (2015). Dissertation: Animal Model and Vaccine Candidate Development for Burkholderia Mallei. University of Georgia *

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                  Scheduled Teaching

                  VM 7589 - Clinical Pathology, Fall 2021

                  VM 7589 - Clinical Pathology, Fall 2020

                  Diagnostic Challenge, Fall 2020

                  Graduate Students Mentored