Donn Zenner, the Eccentric Phasmologist
When he was a child, Donn Zenner didn’t believe in ghosts..that is until the cranky neighbor who lived under his family in the apartment building passed away. The night after, Donn woke up in the middle of the night to watch the ghost of the neighbor rise up through the floor and watch him sleep. This went on until his family moved, but not once did his parents believe him.
Zenner held that memory with him, driving him to become interested in the unknown and paranormal. Earning a degree in Theoretical Physics, Zenner temporarily accepted a research position at Cambridge, only to be kicked out a few years later after they found out he’d been building a compact particle collider in the basement of the science wing without permission.
After this, Zenner made it his job to scientifically prove the existence of ghosts, developing technology to weaken and capture them in order to send them back to the plane of the dead. However, it was after reports of Talon agents targeting prestigious scientists in the field of quantum and theoretical physics, he packed up and fled to Overwatch, pleading his case
While initially denied a safe haven, Zenner won over Winston with his not only his research, but pointing out that what he was doing was no different than other members of Overwatch: bringing the world of mythology to a world of science. The final push was when Zenner explained that if Talon were to get their hands on his research, they could reverse engineer it to unleash an army of vengeful spirits on the world.
Now a member of Overwatch, Zenner knows he has to prove himself to his other scientists, but his personal project is proving the existence of Omnic ghosts, thus proving that they do have souls. Additionally, he’s been spending time to research the Shimada’s dragons to learn more about them.