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Kristin Gosselink, PhD

Chair of Physiology and Pathology & Professor of Physiology and Pathology, Physiology

Room 313
Phone: 575-674-2335
Department: Physiology & Pathology


Ph.D. in Physiological Science (UCLA)

Research Interests

  • Examining the neurochemical and behavioral impacts of stress and its relationship to health
  • Improving competency in future healthcare providers through early training opportunities
  • Understanding barriers to and facilitators of HPV vaccine uptake in under-served populations

Professional Accomplishments & Memberships


  • American Physiological Society
  • Society for Neuroscience


  • Review Editor; Editorial Board, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience (2018-present)
  • Member; Advisory Committee for the Competency-Based B.S. in Biomedical Sciences Degree Program; UT System Institute for Transformational Learning (2015-17)
  • Research article featured online in “Psychology Progress” (2013)
  • University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (2010)
  • Research Mentor, Frontiers in Physiology Fellowship Program, American Physiological Society (2009-10 and 2012-13)

Selected Publications

Sierra-Fonseca, J.A. and K.L. Gosselink. Tauopathy and neurodegeneration: a role for stress. Neurobiol of Stress 9: 105-112, 2018.

Ramos-Muniz, M.G., M. Palfreeman, M.A. Sanchez, N. Setzu, K.M. Garza, K.L. Gosselink, C. Spencer and P. Saenz Portillo. Obesity exacerbates the cytokine storm elicited by Francisella tularensis infection of females and is associated with increased mortality. Biomed Res Int. 2018:3412732, 2018.

Flores, I.E., J.A. Sierra-Fonseca, O. Davalos, L.A. Saenz, M.M. Castellanos, J.K. Zavala and K.L. Gosselink. Stress alters the expression of cancer-related genes in the prostate. BMC Cancer 17: 621, 2017.

Gosselink, K.L., L.E. O’Dell and C.E. Bond-D’Arcy.  Short review: Intermittent vibration increases methamphetamine intake in rats.  J. Alc. Drug Depend. Subst. Abuse 2: 005, 2016.

D’Arcy, C., J.E. Luevano, M. Miranda-Arango, J.A. Pipkin, J. Jackson, E. Castaneda, K.L. Gosselink and L.E. O’Dell.  Extended access to methamphetamine self-administration up-regulates dopamine transporter levels 72 hours after withdrawal in rats.  Behav. Brain Res. 296: 125-128, 2015.

Mejia, G.E., K.L. Gosselink, D.G. Pérez-Ishiwara and A. Martinez-Martinez.  Oxidant/antioxidant effects of chronic exposure to predator odor in prefrontal cortex, amygdala and hypothalamus.  Mol. Cell. Biochem. 406(1-2): 121-129, 2015.

Mejia, G.E., K.L. Gosselink, L.A. de la Rosa, D.G. Pérez-Ishiwara and A. Martinez-Martinez.  Evaluation of antioxidant enzymes in response to predator odor stress in prefrontal cortex and amygdala.  Neurochem J. 8(2): 125-128, 2014.

Dayangaç, A., K.L. Gosselink and Ö. Yılmaz.  Fasting and postprandial conditions alter hypothalamic lipid derivative values and serum cholesterol, malondialdehyde and vitamin levels in male rats.  Animal Biol. (Neth) 62(2): 157-169, 2012.

Zavala, J.K., A.A. Fernandez and K.L. Gosselink.  Female responses to acute and repeated restraint stress differ from those in males.  Physiol. Behav. 104: 215-221, 2011.

Chagra, S.L., J.K. Zavala, M.V. Hall and K.L. Gosselink.  Acute and repeated restraint differentially activate orexigenic pathways in the rat hypothalamus.  Regulatory Peptides 167: 70-78, 2011.

Arzate-Vázquez, D.M., A. Martínez-Martínez, J.-A. Pérez-León, and K.L. Gosselink.  Differential display evaluation of rat hypothalamus transcripts after chronic stress.  Ciencia en la frontera: revista de ciencia y tecnología de la UACJ VII(2): 101-107, 2009.

Radley, J.J., K.L. Gosselink and P.E. Sawchenko.  A discrete GABAergic relay mediates medial prefrontal cortical inhibition of the neuroendocrine stress response.  J. Neurosci. 29(22): 7330-7340, 2009.

Bigbee, A.J., R.E. Grindeland, R.R. Roy, H. Zhong, K.L. Gosselink, S. Arnaud and V.R. Edgerton.  Basal and evoked levels of bioassayable growth hormone are altered by hindlimb unloading.  J. Appl. Physiol. 100: 1037-1042, 2006.

Gosselink, K.L., R.R. Roy, H. Zhong, R.E. Grindeland, A.J. Bigbee and V.R. Edgerton. Vibration-induced activation of muscle afferents modulates bioassayable growth hormone release.  J. Appl. Physiol. 96(6): 2097-2102, 2004.

McCall, G.E., K.L. Gosselink, A.J. Bigbee, R.R. Roy, R.E. Grindeland and V.R. Edgerton.  Muscle afferent–pituitary axis: A novel pathway for modulating the secretion of a pituitary growth factor.  Exerc. Sports Sci. Rev. 29(4): 164-169, 2001.

Gosselink, K.L., R.E. Grindeland, R.R. Roy, H. Zhong, A.J. Bigbee and V.R. Edgerton.  Afferent input from rat slow skeletal muscle inhibits bioassayable growth hormone release.  J. Appl. Physiol. 88(1): 142-148, 2000.

Bigbee, A.J., K.L. Gosselink, R.E. Grindeland, R.R. Roy, H. Zhong and V.R. Edgerton.  Bioassayable growth hormone release in rats in response to a single bout of treadmill exercise.  J. Appl. Physiol. 89(6): 2174-2178, 2000.

Gosselink, K.L., R.E. Grindeland, R.R. Roy, H. Zhong, A.J. Bigbee, E.J. Grossman and V.R. Edgerton.  Skeletal muscle afferent regulation of bioassayable growth hormone in the rat pituitary.  J. Appl. Physiol. 84(4): 1425-1430, 1998.