Dr. Kathryn Gibson received her BA from Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC (2000), with majors in Biology and Music and a minor in Chemistry. She received her MS in Veterinary Biosciences in 2003, her DVM in 2007, and her PhD in Veterinary Biosciences in 2011 from Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
Dr. Gibson participated in the DVM/PhD dual-degree program and performed summer research utilizing OSU Veterinary Summer Research Training Grants. During her PhD, she was awarded a T-32 training grant and had multiple opportunities to present research at university and national meetings. In 2010, she was awarded fifth place in the AVMA/AVMF-Sponsored 2010 Young Investigator Award competition in Atlanta, GA, and she received a travel award to present at the American Society for Rickettsiology general meeting in Stevenson, WA.
Dr. Gibson’s research involves obligate intracellular bacteria of both humans and animals in the family Anaplasmataceae, mainly Neorickettsia spp. She has experience with molecular techniques, including PCR, RT-PCR, quantitative PCR, IFA, sequencing and subsequent analyses of species and strain variations, Western blotting, proteomics analyses, and proteoliposome-swelling assays. In addition, she has experience with environmental studies, including investigating bacterial and trematode loads in bats, birds, frogs, fish, insects, snails, sediment, water, and feces and investigating Potomac horse fever-endemic regions; mouse models of infection and disease; and the diagnosis and culture of Anaplasmataceae bacteria. To date, she has four first author and one co-author publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Gibson joined St. George’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine in July, 2011. Her interests include continuing research on Neorickettsia spp. in fish, as well as studying related bacterial pathogens (Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Wolbachia).
Gibson, K., G. Pastenkos, S. Moesta, and Y. Rikihisa. (2011) Neorickettsia risticii surface-exposed proteins: Proteomics identification, recognition by naturally-infected horses and strain variations. Vet. Res. 42(1): 71. PMID: 21635728.
Gibson, K., Y. Kumagai, and Y. Rikihisa. (2010) Proteomic analysis of Neorickettsia sennetsu surface-exposed proteins and porin activity of the major surface protein P51. J. Bacteriol. 192(22): 5898-5905. PMID: 20833807.
Lin, M., C. Zhang, K. Gibson, and Y. Rikihisa. (2009) Analysis of complete genome sequence of Neorickettsia risticii: Causative agent of Potomac horse fever. Nucleic Acids Res. 37(18): 6076-6091. PMID: 19661282.
Gibson, K. and Y. Rikihisa (2008) Molecular link of different stages of the trematode host of Neorickettsia risticii to Acanthatrium oregonense. Environ Microbiol. 10: 2064-2073. PMID: 18422641.
Gibson, K., Y. Rikihisa, C. Zhang, and C. Martin (2005) Neorickettsia risticii is vertically transmitted in the trematode Acanthatrium oregonense and horizontally transmitted to bats. Environ. Microbiol. 7: 203-212. PMID: 15658987.
Trained and assisted veterinary students Gabrielle Pastenkos and Susanne Moesta on T35 RR021310 Research Training Grants; Advisor: Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa; Studying sequence variation in and antigen recognition of surface-exposed proteins of Neorickettsia risticii; 2009-2011.
T32 RR0070703 Research Training Grant; Mentor: Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa; Title: Virulence Potential and Protein Expression of Neorickettsia sennetsu in the Mouse Model; 2008-2010.
Summer Veterinary Research Training Grants from the College of Veterinary Biosciences, The Ohio State University; Mentor: Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa; Studying how to molecularly link the N. risticii-infectedimmature trematode stages to Acanthatrium oregonense; 2004-2005.
Participated in USDA grant 1999-02134; Project Director: Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa; Title: Isolation and characterization of E. risticii from Trematodes; 2001-2003.