Senior Teaching Fellow in Science Communication
Martina is a passionate cross-disciplinarian with two PhDs, one in neuropharmacology, the other in the health humanities.
Martina trained as a pharmaceutical scientist, specialised in neuropharmacology and holds a Habilitation in Pharmacology from Goethe University Frankfurt. Over time, her research interests increasingly shifted towards the boundary between science, medicine and literature and, after a MA in Literature and Medicine, she undertook a second, Wellcome Trust funded PhD in the health humanities. Her research is driven by two questions: how does culture frame the questions and paradigms of leading scientific and medical researchers in ageing and diseases of old age? And how do scientific research developments act as cultural force?
Her first book, The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer’s Disease Life-Writing (Palgrave, 2017), is available open access thanks to Wellcome Trust funding. Her second book, The Diseased Brain and the Failing Mind. Dementia in Science, Medicine and Literature of the Long Twentieth Century, will focus on scientific and cultural dementia narratives. It is due to be published in 2020, will appear in Bloomsbury's new series, Explorations in Science and Literature, and also be available open access thanks to the Wellcome Trust. You can find out more about Martina's publication activities here.
Martina loves teaching Communicating Science (PX376) and, in 2019/20, co-convenes Medical Mind (IL901). She recently has designed a discipline-crossing PG IATL module, Science in Context (IL920), which will run in Term 2.
Department of Physics
University of Warwick
Email: martina.zimmermann AT warwick.ac.uk