Kimberly A. Sullivan, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Health
Kimberly Sullivan


Dr. Sullivan is a Research Assistant 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 intranasal insulin, 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
  • Curry College, BA


  • Published on 5/12/2020

    Yee MK, Zundel CG, Maule AL, Heeren T, Proctor SP, Sullivan KA, Krengel MH. Longitudinal Assessment of Health Symptoms in Relation to Neurotoxicant Exposures in 1991 Gulf War Veterans: The Ft. Devens Cohort. J Occup Environ Med. 2020 May 12. PMID: 32404828.

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  • Published on 4/25/2020

    Joshi U, Evans JE, Pearson A, Saltiel N, Cseresznye A, Darcey T, Ojo J, Keegan AP, Oberlin S, Mouzon B, Paris D, Klimas N, Sullivan K, Mullan M, Crawford F, Abdullah L. Targeting sirtuin activity with nicotinamide riboside reduces neuroinflammation in a GWI mouse model. Neurotoxicology. 2020 Jul; 79:84-94. PMID: 32343995.

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  • Published on 4/3/2020

    Sullivan K, Krengel M, Heboyan V, Schildroth S, Wilson CC, Iobst S, Klimas N, Coughlin SS. Prevalence and Patterns of Symptoms Among Female Veterans of the 1991 Gulf War Era: 25 Years Later. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2020 Jun; 29(6):819-826. PMID: 32250195.

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  • Published on 4/2/2020

    Michalovicz LT, Kelly KA, Sullivan K, O'Callaghan JP. Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor exposures as an initiating factor in the development of Gulf War Illness, a chronic neuroimmune disorder in deployed veterans. Neuropharmacology. 2020 Jul; 171:108073. PMID: 32247728.

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  • Published on 4/2/2020

    Ansa BE, Sullivan K, Krengel MH, Heboyan V, Wilson C, Iobst S, Coughlin SS. The Gulf War Women's Health Cohort: Study Design and Protocol. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 04 02; 17(7). PMID: 32252385.

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  • Published on 2/13/2020

    Latimer JJ, Alhamed A, Sveiven S, Almutairy A, Klimas NG, Abreu M, Sullivan K, Grant SG. Preliminary Evidence for a Hormetic Effect on DNA Nucleotide Excision Repair in Veterans with Gulf War Illness. Mil Med. 2020 02 13; 185(1-2):e47-e52. PMID: 31334811.

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  • Published on 2/4/2020

    Alshelh Z, Albrecht DS, Bergan C, Akeju O, Clauw DJ, Conboy L, Edwards RR, Kim M, Lee YC, Protsenko E, Napadow V, Sullivan K, Loggia ML. In-vivo imaging of neuroinflammation in veterans with Gulf War illness. Brain Behav Immun. 2020 Jul; 87:498-507. PMID: 32027960.

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  • Published on 12/31/2019

    K. Sullivan & S. Shildroth. Australian Government Repatriation Medical Authority review committee for Gulf War Chronic Multisymptom Illness. Statement for the Record: 29 Years after the Gulf War: What do we know about Gulf War Illness/Chronic multi-symptom Illness, its etiology and pathobiology?. 2019.

  • Published on 10/21/2019

    Seth RK, Maqsood R, Mondal A, Bose D, Kimono D, Holland LA, Janulewicz Lloyd P, Klimas N, Horner RD, Sullivan K, Lim ES, Chatterjee S. Gut DNA Virome Diversity and Its Association with Host Bacteria Regulate Inflammatory Phenotype and Neuronal Immunotoxicity in Experimental Gulf War Illness. Viruses. 2019 10 21; 11(10). PMID: 31640184.

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  • Published on 10/14/2019

    Kimono D, Sarkar S, Albadrani M, Seth R, Bose D, Mondal A, Li Y, Kar AN, Nagarkatti M, Nagarkatti P, Sullivan K, Janulewicz P, Lasley S, Horner R, Klimas N, Chatterjee S. Dysbiosis-Associated Enteric Glial Cell Immune-Activation and Redox Imbalance Modulate Tight Junction Protein Expression in Gulf War Illness Pathology. Front Physiol. 2019; 10:1229. PMID: 31680990.

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