Kimberly Sullivan

Kimberly A. Sullivan, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Sullivan is a Research Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health department of Environmental Health and the former Associate Scientific Director for the Congressionally-directed Research Advisory Committee (RAC) on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses. She is a behavioral neuroscientist and the Principal Investigator (PI) on the large multi-site Gulf War Illness Consortium (GWIC) that includes 9 study sites and is designed to determine the pathobiology of Gulf War Illness (GWI). She is also the PI of the large, multi-site Gulf War Illness Biorepository Network (BBRAIN) designed to share biospecimens and foster collaboration with other GWI researchers. She is also site PI for multiple treatment trials including Co-enzyme Q10 and D-cycloserine to treat cognitive and fatigue problems in veterans with GWI and multiple phase I/II trials of the multi-site GWI Clinical Trials Consortium (GWICTIC). Dr. Sullivan has worked in the field of aging and behavioral neurotoxicology since 1992. She has also coordinated field studies in neurotoxicology (i.e., pesticides, methylmercury), neurobehavioral outcomes and the effects of physical stressors and genetic predisposition to disease on cognitive functioning in Alzheimer's disease, stroke and Parkinson disease.


  • Boston University, PhD Field of Study: Neuroscience/Neurology
  • Curry College, BA Field of Study: Psychology


  • Published on 10/4/2023

    Keating D, Krengel M, Dugas J, Toomey R, Chao L, Steele L, Janulewicz LP, Heeren T, Quinn E, Klimas N, Sullivan K. Cognitive decrements in 1991 Gulf War veterans: associations with Gulf War illness and neurotoxicant exposures in the Boston Biorepository, Recruitment, and Integrative Network (BBRAIN) cohorts. Environ Health. 2023 Oct 04; 22(1):68. PMID: 37794452.

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  • Published on 9/13/2023

    Baas PW, Sullivan KA, Terry AV, Case K, Yates PL, Sun X, Raghupathi R, Huber BR, Qiang L. Is Gulf War Illness a prolonged early phase tauopathy? Cytoskeleton (Hoboken). 2023 Sep 13. PMID: 37702426.

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  • Published on 7/6/2023

    Abdullah L, Nkiliza A, Niedospial D, Aldrich G, Bartenfelder G, Keegan A, Hoffmann M, Mullan M, Klimas N, Baraniuk J, Crawford F, Krengel M, Chao L, Sullivan K. Genetic association between the APOE e4 allele, toxicant exposures and Gulf war illness diagnosis. Environ Health. 2023 Jul 06; 22(1):51. PMID: 37415220.

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  • Published on 12/23/2022

    Yates PL, Case K, Sun X, Sullivan K, Baas PW, Qiang L. Veteran-derived cerebral organoids display multifaceted pathological defects in studies on Gulf War Illness. Front Cell Neurosci. 2022; 16:979652. PMID: 36619675.

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  • Published on 11/7/2022

    Dylan Keating, Maxine Krengel, Rosemary Toomey, Emily Quinn, Rabindra Kadel, Kimberly Sullivan. APHA 2022 Annual Meeting and Expo. Mood Functioning in Gulf War Veterans: Findings from the Boston, Biorepository, Recruitment, and Integrative Network for GWI (BBRAIN). 2022.

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  • Published on 10/18/2022

    Ferguson S, McCartan R, Browning M, Hahn-Townsend C, Gratkowski A, Morin A, Abdullah L, Ait-Ghezala G, Ojo J, Sullivan K, Mullan M, Crawford F, Mouzon B. Impact of gulf war toxic exposures after mild traumatic brain injury. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2022 Oct 18; 10(1):147. PMID: 36258255.

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  • Published on 8/12/2022

    Sullivan K, O'Callaghan JP. Advancing the Role of Neuroimmunity and Genetic Susceptibility in Gulf War Illness. Brain Sci. 2022 Aug 12; 12(8). PMID: 36009131.

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  • Published on 7/11/2022

    Friedman A, Janulewicz Lloyd PA, Carlson J, Quinn E, Keating D, Toomey R, Heeren T, Coughlin SS, Markenson G, Krengel M, Sullivan K. Preliminary Findings from the Gulf War Women's Cohort: Reproductive and Children's Health Outcomes among Women Veterans. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Jul 11; 19(14). PMID: 35886335.

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  • Published on 6/7/2022

    Bose D, Chatterjee S, Older E, Seth R, Janulewicz P, Saha P, Mondal A, Carlson JM, Decho AW, Sullivan K, Klimas N, Lasley S, Li J, Chatterjee S. Host gut resistome in Gulf War chronic multisymptom illness correlates with persistent inflammation. Commun Biol. 2022 Jun 07; 5(1):552. PMID: 35672382.

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  • Published on 5/11/2022

    Weisskopf MG, Sullivan KA. Invited Perspective: Causal Implications of Gene by Environment Studies Applied to Gulf War Illness. Environ Health Perspect. 2022 May; 130(5):51301. PMID: 35543506.

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