Shawn Zimmerman, PhD is the Lab Director for Vios Fertility Institute St. Louis and strives to help patients achieve their dreams of having a family. He holds both a Master’s of Science and Doctorate in Reproductive Physiology with a focus on molecular pathways and continues to help advance our understanding of human reproduction.
His primary interest is determining what sequence of events allows for proper fertilization in the human body. His research has focused on what parts the sperm plays during the process of fertilization and how this understanding can help infertility couples. He has written several scientific papers on how sperm are able to bind and properly fertilize eggs in vivo and continues to research this area of human reproduction.
Dr. Zimmerman works side by side with the physicians to provide the best experience possible for each and every patient that comes for treatment.
Shawn Zimmerman, PhD Training
PhD, Reproductive Physiology, University of Missouri, May 2012
MS, Reproductive Physiology, Kansas State University, December, 2007
Bachelors of Science, Animal Science, Kansas State University, May 2005
- Sperm proteasomes degrade sperm receptor on the egg zona pellucida during mammalian fertilization
- Interference with the 19S proteasomal regulatory complex subunit PSMD4 on the sperm surface inhibits sperm-zona pellucida penetration during porcine fertilization
- Discovery of putative oocyte quality markers by comparative ExacTag proteomics