Kathleen Gabrielson, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Associate Professor



DVM – North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC – 1989


Dr. Kathleen Gabrielson is an associate professor of molecular and comparative biology and environmental health sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research efforts focus on the signal transduction of cardiovascular toxicities in vitro, in cardiomyocyte culture and in vivo, using rodent models. She also collaborates with multiple investigators within Johns Hopkins and other universities on items ranging from cancer research to cardiovascular research.

Before she entered veterinary school, Dr. Gabrielson worked in neuroscience and endocrinology research at the University of Texas, San Antonio; University of California, San Diego; and the San Diego Zoo. She graduated from North Carolina State University Veterinary College of Medicine in 1989 and then entered a postdoctoral fellowship in veterinary pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Before entering a Ph.D. program in toxicology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, she worked as a diagnostic pathologist and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr. Gabrielson joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2000.

Dr. Gabrielson focuses on rats and mice in her own lab. She has created the only known animal model geared to explain, and perhaps one day circumvent, the severe and sometimes fatal heart problems that can occur when two potent anticancer drugs are used together.

Dr. Gabrielson also has a faculty appointment in the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, and, through this position, participated in the web-based course Enhancing Humane Science/Improving Animal Research.