Headshot photo of Teresa A. Zimmers, Ph.D.<span class="profile__pronouns"> (she/her)</span>

Teresa A. Zimmers, Ph.D. (she/her)

  • Professor of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology, School of Medicine
  • Co-Leader, Cancer Biology Program, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine
  • Co-Leader, Patient Resiliency Program, Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care, School of Medicine
  • Member, M.D./Ph.D. Program Committee, School of Medicine
  • CEDAR, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine

Education and training

    • Ph.D., 2001, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • B.S., 1990, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Fellowship

    • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Rochester, 2001-2003

Memberships and associations:

  • President, Cancer Cachexia Society
  • Chair, Organizing and Scientific Committees, 7th Cancer Cachexia Conference, Edinburgh, UK 2023
  • Vice Chair, Program Committee, American Association for Cancer Research 2023 Annual Meeting
  • Program Committee, Shock Society Annual Meeting 2023
  • Co-Organizer, Keystone Conference on Cachexia, 2024
  • Co-Founder and Member, Cancer Cachexia Society
  • Member, Society on Sarcopenia, Cachexia and Wasting Diseases
  • Member, American Association for Cancer Research
  • Member, Shock Society
  • Member, American Physiological Society
  • Member, Organization for the Study of Sex Differences

Areas of interest

  • cachexia
  • pancreatic cancer
  • cancer cachexia
  • muscle wasting and atrophy
  • survivorship
  • organ injury and regeneration
  • injury response
  • inflammation
  • big data
  • -omics
  • translational research
  • health equity
  • diversifying the research and healthcare workforce
  • symptom science
  • sex differences

Honors and awards

  • Alliance of Distinguished and Titled Professors, 2019, Indiana University
  • Sigma Xi Honor Society, 2019
  • Cancer Researcher of the Year, 2009, Women’s Cancer Association of the University of Miami
  • Cancer Research Award, 2006, Wendy Will Case Cancer Fund
  • Papanicoulau Cancer Research Corps Distinguished Investigator, 2005, University of Miami
  • Stanley J. Glaser Foundation Research Award, 2005, University of Miami



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