I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Anatomy, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC. I teach Human anatomy and supervise biology and medical students at different levels of their education during independent research projects (see: Teaching). 

My research interests focus on muscle evolution and development in vertebrates, in particular head and neck muscles and their correlation with heart evolution (see: Research). During the past years I have investigated the evolution and embryonic development in vertebrates. Thereby I used a great variation of techniques – dissections, histology, antibody staining, and in-situ hybridization (ISH). To improve the probes for ISH and get a deeper insight into the evolution of salamanders I also used several genetic methods (transcriptomics – next generation sequencing, PCR, cloning, etc.). 

In my lab (Ziermann-Lab) I investigate "Neural crest cell influence on cardiopharyngeal field differentiation". The cardiopharyngeal field is simplified a mesodermal progenitor field that gives rise to head and heart musculature. Both, head and heart development are dependent on neural crest cells which are called cranial and cardiac neural crest cells, respectively. However, when and how becomes the influence of neural crest cells relevant for the proper differentiation of cardiopharyngeal mesoderm derivatives?
I have published in international journals (Papers in refereed journals),  regularly attend international meetings (Conference contributions), review manuscripts submitted to international refereed journals (see below) and I am member of several professional associations (see below). 

International collaborations (Collaborations) and supervision students in projects during several stages (Students & Projects) of their educations are an important part of my research.

I am an Editorial Board Member for Journal of Embryology & Developmental Biology
  • Journal: http://www.jscimedcentral.com/Development/ 
  • Journal Email: development@jscimedcentral.com 

Reviewer for refereed journals (last review)
  • Contributions to Zoology; Evolution & Development; Zoological Science
  • Zoologischer Anzeiger (Jun 2012; Oct 2013, April 2016, Aug 2016, Dec 2016)
  • The Anatomical Record (April 2016)
  • Journal of Experimental Zoology (Mol Evo Dev) B
  • Zoology; Peer J (Dec 2014); Journal of Anatomy (Jan 2015)
  • Scientific Reports (Aug 2015); PlosOne (Oct 2015, Oct 2016)
  • Journal of Morphology (Feb 2016)

Professional memberships

    • 2015 – present: “Xenbase” Major funding for Xenbase is provided by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, grant P41 HD064556: Member ID (JMZiermann) XB-PERS-3324
    • 2013 – present: "Phenotype Ontology Research Coordination Network" – Phenotype Ontology RCN, NSF funded
    • 2012 – present: "American Association of Anatomists“ – AAA, USA
    • 2006 – present: "European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology" – EED (founding member)
    • 2006 – 2012: "Deutsche Gesellschaft für Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde" – DGHT, Germany
    • 2006 – 2012: "Förderverein Phyletisches Museum" e.V. , Jena, Germany
    • 2006 – 2012: "Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik" – GfBS,  Germany