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

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH961


  • 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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  • Published on 2/12/2022

    Zundel CG, Price K, Grasso CM, Spiro A, Heeren T, Sullivan K, Krengel MH. The impact of neurotoxicant exposures on posttraumatic stress disorder trajectories: The Ft. Devens Gulf War Veterans Cohort. J Trauma Stress. 2022 Jun; 35(3):955-966. PMID: 35150175.

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  • Published on 2/5/2022

    Oberlin S, Nkiliza A, Parks M, Evans JE, Klimas N, Keegan AP, Sullivan K, Krengel MH, Mullan M, Crawford F, Abdullah L. Sex-specific differences in plasma lipid profiles are associated with Gulf War Illness. J Transl Med. 2022 02 05; 20(1):73. PMID: 35123492.

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  • Published on 1/8/2022

    Krengel MH, Zundel CG, Heeren T, Yee M, Spiro A, Proctor SP, Grasso CM, Sullivan K. Health symptom trajectories and neurotoxicant exposures in Gulf War veterans: the Ft. Devens cohort. Environ Health. 2022 01 08; 21(1):7. PMID: 34998396.

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  • Published on 10/26/2021

    Coller JK, Tuke J, Wain TJ, Quinn E, Steele L, Abreu M, Aenlle K, Klimas N, Sullivan K. Associations of Immune Genetic Variability with Gulf War Illness in 1990-1991 Gulf War Veterans from the Gulf War Illness Consortium (GWIC) Multisite Case-Control Study. Brain Sci. 2021 Oct 26; 11(11). PMID: 34827409.

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  • Published on 10/6/2021

    Cheng CH, Alshelh Z, Guan Y, Sullivan K, Loggia ML, Koo BB. Association of the tissue microstructural diffusivity and translocator protein PET in Gulf War Illness. Brain Behav Immun Health. 2021 Dec; 18:100364. PMID: 34693367.

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  • Published on 9/27/2021

    Yates PL, Patil A, Sun X, Niceforo A, Gill R, Callahan P, Beck W, Piermarini E, Terry AV, Sullivan KA, Baas PW, Qiang L. A cellular approach to understanding and treating Gulf War Illness. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2021 Nov; 78(21-22):6941-6961. PMID: 34580742.

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  • Published on 9/24/2021

    Michalovicz LT, Kelly KA, Miller DB, Sullivan K, O'Callaghan JP. The ß-adrenergic receptor blocker and anti-inflammatory drug propranolol mitigates brain cytokine expression in a long-term model of Gulf War Illness. Life Sci. 2021 Nov 15; 285:119962. PMID: 34563566.

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  • Published on 8/26/2021

    Keating D, Zundel CG, Abreu M, Krengel M, Aenlle K, Nichols MD, Toomey R, Chao LL, Golier J, Abdullah L, Quinn E, Heeren T, Groh JR, Koo BB, Killiany R, Loggia ML, Younger J, Baraniuk J, Janulewicz P, Ajama J, Quay M, Baas PW, Qiang L, Conboy L, Kokkotou E, O'Callaghan JP, Steele L, Klimas N, Sullivan K. Boston biorepository, recruitment and integrative network (BBRAIN): A resource for the Gulf War Illness scientific community. Life Sci. 2021 Nov 01; 284:119903. PMID: 34453948.

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