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Janine Ziermann

TitleAssistant Professor
Faculty RankAssistant Professor
InstitutionHoward University
Address520 W St. NW
Numa Adams Building Rm1319
Washington DC 20059
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    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.

    My research interests focus on muscle evolution and development in vertebrates, in particular head and neck muscles and their correlation with heart evolution. 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 (www.JMZ-Lab.com) I investigate muscle evodevo with focus on craniofacial and cardiac muscles and the the 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?
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    1. Lukas P, Ziermann JM. Sequence of chondrocranial development in basal anurans-Let's make a cranium. Front Zool. 2022 May 03; 19(1):17. PMID: 35505372.
    2. Ziermann JM, Boughner JC, Esteve-Altava B, Diogo R. Anatomical comparison across heads, fore- and hindlimbs in mammals using network models. J Anat. 2021 07; 239(1):12-31. PMID: 33629373.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    3. Diogo R, Ziermann JM, Smith C, Alghamdi M, Fuentes JSM, Duerinckx A. First use of anatomical networks to study modularity and integration of heads, forelimbs and hindlimbs in abnormal anencephalic and cyclopic vs normal human development. Sci Rep. 2019 05 24; 9(1):7821. PMID: 31127169.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Ziermann JM, Diogo R, Noden DM. Neural crest and the patterning of vertebrate craniofacial muscles. Genesis. 2018 06; 56(6-7):e23097. PMID: 29659153.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    5. Wade MD, McDowell AR, Ziermann JM. Innervation of the Long Head of the Triceps Brachii in Humans-A Fresh Look. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2018 03; 301(3):473-483. PMID: 29418118.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Ziermann JM, Clement AM, Ericsson R, Olsson L. Cephalic muscle development in the Australian lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri. J Morphol. 2018 04; 279(4):494-516. PMID: 29214665.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    7. Dunlap SS, Aziz MA, Ziermann JM. Anatomical variations of the deep head of Cruveilhier of the flexor pollicis brevis and its significance for the evolution of the precision grip. PLoS One. 2017; 12(11):e0187402. PMID: 29121048.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Ziermann JM, Freitas R, Diogo R. Muscle development in the shark Scyliorhinus canicula: implications for the evolution of the gnathostome head and paired appendage musculature. Front Zool. 2017; 14:31. PMID: 28649268.
    9. Alghamdi MA, Ziermann JM, Gregg L, Diogo R. A detailed musculoskeletal study of a fetus with anencephaly and spina bifida (craniorachischisis), and comparison with other cases of human congenital malformations. J Anat. 2017 Jun; 230(6):842-858. PMID: 28266009.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Alghamdi MA, Ziermann JM, Diogo R. An untold story: The important contributions of Muslim scholars for the understanding of human anatomy. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2017 Jun; 300(6):986-1008. PMID: 27875640.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    11. Diogo R, Smith CM, Ziermann JM. Evolutionary developmental pathology and anthropology: A new field linking development, comparative anatomy, human evolution, morphological variations and defects, and medicine. Dev Dyn. 2015 Nov; 244(11):1357-74. PMID: 26293597.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    12. Diogo R, Ziermann JM. Retraction: 'Development, Metamorphosis, Morphology and Diversity: Evolution of Chordates muscles and the Origin of Vertebrates'. Dev Dyn. 2015 09; 244(9):1179. PMID: 25476723.
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    13. Diogo R, Ziermann JM. Development, metamorphosis, morphology, and diversity: The evolution of chordate muscles and the origin of vertebrates. Dev Dyn. 2015 Sep; 244(9):1046-1057. PMID: 26095777.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    
    14. Reid SN, Ziermann JM, Gondr?-Lewis MC. Genetically induced abnormal cranial development in human trisomy 18 with holoprosencephaly: comparisons with the normal tempo of osteogenic-neural development. J Anat. 2015 Jul; 227(1):21-33. PMID: 26018729.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    15. Diogo R, Kelly RG, Christiaen L, Levine M, Ziermann JM, Molnar JL, Noden DM, Tzahor E. A new heart for a new head in vertebrate cardiopharyngeal evolution. Nature. 2015 Apr 23; 520(7548):466-73. PMID: 25903628.
      Citations: 94     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    16. Diogo R, Walsh S, Smith C, Ziermann JM, Abdala V. Towards the resolution of a long-standing evolutionary question: muscle identity and attachments are mainly related to topological position and not to primordium or homeotic identity of digits. J Anat. 2015 Jun; 226(6):523-9. PMID: 25851747.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    17. Burchert A, Saussele S, Eigendorff E, M?ller MC, Sohlbach K, Inselmann S, Sch?tz C, Metzelder SK, Ziermann J, Kostrewa P, Hoffmann J, Hehlmann R, Neubauer A, Hochhaus A. Interferon alpha 2 maintenance therapy may enable high rates of treatment discontinuation in chronic myeloid leukemia. Leukemia. 2015 Jun; 29(6):1331-5. PMID: 25712735.
      Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Diogo R, Ziermann JM. Muscles of chondrichthyan paired appendages: comparison with osteichthyans, deconstruction of the fore-hindlimb serial homology dogma, and new insights on the evolution of the vertebrate neck. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2015 Mar; 298(3):513-30. PMID: 25205543.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    19. Schmidt M, Rinke J, Sch?fer V, Schnittger S, Kohlmann A, Obstfelder E, Kunert C, Ziermann J, Winkelmann N, Eigendorff E, Haferlach T, Haferlach C, Hochhaus A, Ernst T. Molecular-defined clonal evolution in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia independent of the BCR-ABL status. Leukemia. 2014 Dec; 28(12):2292-9. PMID: 25212276.
      Citations: 65     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    20. Diogo R, Ziermann JM, Linde-Medina M. Specialize or risk disappearance - empirical evidence of anisomerism based on comparative and developmental studies of gnathostome head and limb musculature. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc. 2015 Aug; 90(3):964-78. PMID: 25174804.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    21. Frietsch JJ, Kastner C, Grunewald TG, Schweigel H, Nollau P, Ziermann J, Clement JH, La Ros?e P, Hochhaus A, Butt E. LASP1 is a novel BCR-ABL substrate and a phosphorylation-dependent binding partner of CRKL in chronic myeloid leukemia. Oncotarget. 2014 Jul 30; 5(14):5257-71. PMID: 24913448.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    22. White H, Deprez L, Corbisier P, Hall V, Lin F, Mazoua S, Trapmann S, Aggerholm A, Andrikovics H, Akiki S, Barbany G, Boeckx N, Bench A, Catherwood M, Cayuela JM, Chudleigh S, Clench T, Colomer D, Daraio F, Dulucq S, Farrugia J, Fletcher L, Foroni L, Ganderton R, Gerrard G, Gineikiene E, Hayette S, El Housni H, Izzo B, Jansson M, Johnels P, Jurcek T, Kairisto V, Kizilors A, Kim DW, Lange T, Lion T, Polakova KM, Martinelli G, McCarron S, Merle PA, Milner B, Mitterbauer-Hohendanner G, Nagar M, Nickless G, Nomded?u J, Nymoen DA, Leibundgut EO, Ozbek U, Pajic T, Pfeifer H, Preudhomme C, Raudsepp K, Romeo G, Sacha T, Talmaci R, Touloumenidou T, Van der Velden VH, Waits P, Wang L, Wilkinson E, Wilson G, Wren D, Zadro R, Ziermann J, Zoi K, M?ller MC, Hochhaus A, Schimmel H, Cross NC, Emons H. A certified plasmid reference material for the standardisation of BCR-ABL1 mRNA quantification by real-time quantitative PCR. Leukemia. 2015 Feb; 29(2):369-76. PMID: 25036192.
      Citations: 30     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Diogo R, Ziermann JM, Linde-Medina M. Is evolutionary biology becoming too politically correct? A reflection on the scala naturae, phylogenetically basal clades, anatomically plesiomorphic taxa, and 'lower' animals. Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc. 2015 May; 90(2):502-21. PMID: 24917249.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    24. Ziermann JM, Mitgutsch C, Olsson L. Analyzing developmental sequences with Parsimov--a case study of cranial muscle development in anuran larvae. J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol. 2014 Dec; 322(8):586-606. PMID: 24692269.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    25. Ziermann JM, Diogo R. Cranial muscle development in frogs with different developmental modes: direct development versus biphasic development. J Morphol. 2014 Apr; 275(4):398-413. PMID: 24877162.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    26. Wielstra B, Duijm E, Lagler P, Lammers Y, Meilink WR, Ziermann JM, Arntzen JW. Parallel tagged amplicon sequencing of transcriptome-based genetic markers for Triturus newts with the Ion Torrent next-generation sequencing platform. Mol Ecol Resour. 2014 Sep; 14(5):1080-9. PMID: 24571307.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    27. Aversi-Ferreira RA, Souto Maior R, Aziz A, Ziermann JM, Nishijo H, Tomaz C, Tavares MC, Aversi-Ferreira TA. Anatomical analysis of thumb opponency movement in the capuchin monkey (Sapajus sp). PLoS One. 2014; 9(2):e87288. PMID: 24498307.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    28. Aversi-Ferreira RA, de Abreu T, Pfrimer GA, Silva SF, Ziermann JM, Carneiro-E-Silva FO, Tomaz C, Tavares MC, Maior RS, Aversi-Ferreira TA. Comparative anatomy of the hind limb vessels of the bearded capuchins (Sapajus libidinosus) with apes, baboons, and Cebus capucinus: with comments on the vessels' role in bipedalism. Biomed Res Int. 2013; 2013:737358. PMID: 24396829.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    29. Diogo R, Ziermann JM. Development of fore- and hindlimb muscles in frogs: morphogenesis, homeotic transformations, digit reduction, and the forelimb-hindlimb enigma. J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol. 2014 Feb; 322(2):86-105. PMID: 24254979.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    30. Ziermann JM, Diogo R. Cranial muscle development in the model organism ambystoma mexicanum: implications for tetrapod and vertebrate comparative and evolutionary morphology and notes on ontogeny and phylogeny. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2013 Jul; 296(7):1031-48. PMID: 23650269.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    31. Rinke J, Sch?fer V, Schmidt M, Ziermann J, Kohlmann A, Hochhaus A, Ernst T. Genotyping of 25 leukemia-associated genes in a single work flow by next-generation sequencing technology with low amounts of input template DNA. Clin Chem. 2013 Aug; 59(8):1238-50. PMID: 23592507.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Ziermann J, Ritz MS, Hameister S, Abel C, Hoffmann MH, Neuffer B, Theissen G. Floral visitation and reproductive traits of Stamenoid petals, a naturally occurring floral homeotic variant of Capsella bursa-pastoris (Brassicaceae). Planta. 2009 Nov; 230(6):1239-49. PMID: 19784670.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    33. Ziermann JM, Olsson L. Patterns of spatial and temporal cranial muscle development in the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis (Anura: Pipidae). J Morphol. 2007 Sep; 268(9):791-804. PMID: 17624928.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    34. Hintz M, Bartholmes C, Nutt P, Ziermann J, Hameister S, Neuffer B, Theissen G. Catching a 'hopeful monster': shepherd's purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris) as a model system to study the evolution of flower development. J Exp Bot. 2006; 57(13):3531-42. PMID: 17018770.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Animals
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