- "Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink."
- —Quoting The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Dr. Imran Zere is a major character in Dying Light.
Dr. Imran Zere, a scientist working on a cure for the infection, typically stays inside his camper near the Tower. The trailer is guarded by several armed survivors and is a default safe zone. Crane initially meets Dr. Zere in "Awakening" when the doctor gives Crane his first Antizin dose after a virus-induced seizure that occurs during Rahim's parkour tutorial.
Dr. Zere mentions he had used much of the Tower's Antizin to conduct an experiment with a modified form the virus in the hopes of advancing toward a cure. However, the test seemed to have had little effect. Later it is revealed the experiment led to the creation of Bolters--formerly aggressive Infected who had consumed bait containing the modified virus. Dr. Zere and his remote Harran colleague, Dr. Camden, are hopeful this discovery could lead to a cure in the near future if Dr. Camden can analyze the samples of Bolter tissue.
Later in the game, Zere's safe zone is attacked and set on fire by Rais's bandits after Crane steals dynamite from Rais. The bandits kill everyone except for Zere, whom they kidnap. When Crane saves him and asks him about the bolter-tissue sample to deliver to his co-worker in the Cauldron, Zere explains to him that he gave the samples to Jade before he was kidnapped, but before the two can leave, they are ambushed by Rais and his bandits. He is then taken hostage while Crane is put into the Pit. After dealing with the Infected in the arena, Crane finds Zere fatally stabbed with a knife. With his last breath, the doctor tells Crane to save the survivors of Harran.
After fighting a Demolisher, he is stabbed in the gut by a member of Rais's gang and bleeds out.