University of Nebraska Medical Center

Holly Zimmerman, MS, CGC

Program Director for Genetic Counseling
Associate Professor


Holly Zimmerman, MS, CGC

Zimmerman is an associate professor in the College of Allied Health Professions and the inaugural director of the Genetic Counseling program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Master of Science in genetic counseling from the University of South Carolina.

Zimmerman worked clinically as a pediatric genetic counselor in Mississippi for more than a decade. At the state's only academic medical center, she became involved with medical school education. She eventually earned a faculty position within the School of Medicine as a result of her work with medical students, pediatric residents, and maternal-fetal medicine fellows. She serves on the board of directors for the Association for Genetic Counseling Program Directors and is a site visitor for the Accreditation Council of Genetic Counseling.

Zimmerman is a first-generation college student who was born and raised in Mississippi. Her parents provided experiences early in life that fostered a love of people. She truly enjoys meeting new people and building relationships. She applies this supportive approach to teaching and mentorship.

  • BS, Biology, University of Southern Mississippi, 2004
  • MS, Genetic Counseling, University of South Carolina, 2007
  • Certified Genetic Counselor, American Board of Genetic Counseling, 2009
Research interests
  • holistic admissions
  • psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling
  • pediatrics genetics
  • student support and mentorship