Caroline Moore, Ph.D., D.V.M.

Steel Endowed Pathology Fellow

Dr. Caroline Moore serves San Diego Zoo Global as the Steel Endowed Pathology Fellow in Disease Investigations. In this role, she works as a veterinary toxicology researcher providing molecular and diagnostic toxicology support. She uses toxicology, pathology, molecular diagnostics, and epidemiology to better understand how environmental contaminates such as heavy metals, pesticides, and harmful algal blooms create roadblocks to wildlife conservation, and how to prevent them.

Caroline is working on developing and applying environmental and diagnostic toxicology in Kenya where pesticides are used indiscriminately, in Peru where the giant river otter is exposed to mining activities, and locally where harmful algal bloom toxins may come in contact with sensitive shorebirds. Caroline is especially interested in developing non-invasive diagnostic tests to better understand the challenges to endangered species, and how toxicant exposures may impact future generations through altered germ cell epigenetics.

Caroline earned her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz, assisting with necropsies and research on the decline of the southern sea otter. She earned her doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology and her veterinary medical degree at University of California, Davis while on an Environmental Protection Agency STAR grant. Her thesis investigated how globally present microcystins have toxic effects on the nervous system. She spent the following year as a National Institute of Environmental Health postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Los Angeles researching how environmental contaminates may cause reproductive toxicity through epigenetics. Caroline is a member of the Society of Toxicology and the Comparative and Veterinary Specialty Section postdoctoral representative. She is also a member of the American College of Toxicology and an Early Career Professional subcommittee member. As an avid hiker, camper, and wildlife enthusiast, Caroline has always felt the need to support conservation efforts through her research.

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