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Elizabeth Zimmer

Research Botanist & Curator
National Museum Institute of the History of Art, Conservation and Museology
United States of America


Elizabeth Zimmer, B.S., Biological Sciences, Cornell University, 1973, Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 1981, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, 1981-82, Monsanto Fellow, Washington University, 1983-84

Research Interest

Microsatellite profiling for application to species and population level questions with colleagues including graduate students from the University of Maryland. Most recently, we have begun using Next Generation DNA Sequencing to resolve evolutionary relationships among species undergoing rapid radiations


  • Arnheim N, Krystal M, Schmickel R, Wilson G, Ryder O, Zimmer E. Molecular evidence for genetic exchanges among ribosomal genes on nonhomologous chromosomes in man and apes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 1980 Dec 1;77(12):7323-7.

  • Soltis DE, Soltis PS, Nickrent DL, Johnson LA, Hahn WJ, Hoot SB, Sweere JA, Kuzoff RK, Kron KA, Chase MW, Swensen SM. Angiosperm phylogeny inferred from 18S ribosomal DNA sequences. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. 1997 Jan 1:1-49.

  • Kress WJ, Wurdack KJ, Zimmer EA, Weigt LA, Janzen DH. Use of DNA barcodes to identify flowering plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2005 Jun 7;102(23):8369-74.

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