“Work we are continuing to do involves animal testing, and those results are looking very promising in terms of this compound having some great anticancer properties,” Zimba says. “It’s neat when you find a problem and are able to work all the way through it, and that’s what I hope we will end up with. It would be nice to find a great use for a harmful algae.”
Zimba is now a professor of life sciences at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, where he also directs the Center for Coastal Studies. His home turf naturally includes Corpus Christi Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, but also the Nueces River that feeds into it.