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Jody Gookin


Dr. Gookin is nationally recognized for her expertise in gastroenterology with a special emphasis on infectious causes of feline diarrheal disease. Dr. Gookin and her colleagues are credited with identification of Tritrichomonas foetus as a previously unrecognized cause of diarrhea in domestic cats and have dedicated over 15 years of research effort into establishing the pathogenicity, means for diagnosis, worldwide significance, and an effective treatment for this infection.

Dr. Gookin received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California at Davis and a PhD in Gastrointestinal Physiology at North Carolina State University. She completed the Small Animal Internal Medicine Clinician Scientist training program at North Carolina State University where she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Gookin is currently a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at North Carolina State University where her efforts are devoted to research, clinical service and teaching.

Dr. Gookin’s clinical interests include small animal gastroenterology with a special emphasis on feline gastroenterology and intestinal epithelial-pathogen interactions. In addition to her extramurally funded research efforts in both clinical and basic gastroenterology, Dr. Gookin is a passionate advocate for mentorship of the next generation of veterinarian clinician-scientists and serves as Co-director of the NCSU Veterinary Scholars Program, on the Executive Committee of the NIH/NCSU T35 Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Training Program, and as training faculty for the NIH/NCSU T32 Comparative Medicine and Translational Research Training Program.


Comparative Medicine Institute
North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute
NIH UNC/NCSU Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease
American Gastroenterological Association
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Comparative Gastroenterology Society
American Physiological Society
American Society for Microbiology
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association
Phi Zeta Veterinary Professional Honor Society


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Area(s) of Expertise

Dr. Gookin’s laboratory is interested in finding novel approaches to the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract that are of comparable importance to human and veterinary medicine. Our research is centered on understanding the host strategy in defense against diarrheal pathogens that infect intestinal epithelia including the protozoal pathogen Cryptosporidium and bacterial pathogen Enteropathogenic E. coli. Our approaches range from cell culture based to ex vivo to experimentally and naturally-occurring models of enteric infection.


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