Gayle C. Johnson, DVM, PhD

Professor Emerita

  • DVM, University of California-Davis
  • MPVM, University of California-Davis
  • MS, University of California-Davis
  • PhD, Washington State University
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists


Gayle C. Johnson

Diagnosis and description of the pathologic changes in neurological diseases. Pathology of rickettsial and lentiviral diseases.



  1. Mhlanga-Mutangadura T, Johnson GS, Schnabel RD, Taylor JF, Johnson GC, Katz ML, Shelton GD, Lever TE, Giuliano E, Granger N, Shomper J, O’Brien DP. A mutation in the Warburg syndrome gene, RAB3GAP1, causes a similar syndrome with polyneuropathy and neuronal vacuolation in Black Russian Terrier dogs. Neurobiol Dis 86:75-85.
  2. Katz ML, Tecedor L, Chen Y, Williamson BG, Lysenko E, Wininger FA, Young WM, Johnson GC, Whiting RE, Coates JR, Davidson BL AAV gene transfer delays disease onset in a TPP1-deficient canine model of the late infantile form of Batten disease. Sci Transl Med. 2015 Nov 11;7(313):313ra180. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aac6191
  3. Hull NC, O’Toole D, Miller MM, Shoults H, Deck R, Jones W, Johnson GC, Shaw DP, Schumaker BA. Canine dysautonomia in a litter of Havanese puppies. J Vet Diagn Invest. 2015 Sep;27(5):627-31. doi: 10.1177/1040638715595838. Epub 2015 Jul 15
  4. Mhlanga-Mutangadura T, Johnson GS, Ashwini A, Shelton GD, Wennogle SA, Johnson GC, Kuroki K, O’Brien DP A Homozygous RAB3GAP1:c.743delC Mutation in Rottweilers with Neuronal Vacuolation and Spinocerebellar Degeneration”. In press, Vet Intern Med 2015
  5. Zeng R, Coates JR, Johnson GC, Hansen L, Awano T, Kolicheski A. et al. Breed distribution of SOD1 alleles previously associated with canine degenerative myelopathy. J Vet Intern Med 28 (2): 115-121, 2014.
  6. Stoffel RT, McClure JC, Butcher MM, Johnson GC, Roland W, Cheng C, et al. Experimental infection of Rhipicephalus sanguineus with Ehrlichia chaffeensis. Vet Microbiol 172(1-2): 334-338, 2014.
  7. Johnson GC, Wininger FA, Coates JR. Diagnostic Immunohistochemistry of Canine and Feline Intracalvarial Tumors in the Age of Brain Biopsies. Vet Pathol 51(1):146-160, 2014.
  8. Morgan BR, Coates JR, Johnson GC, Shelton GD, Katz ML. Characterization of thoracic motor and sensory neurons and spinal roots in canine degenerative myelopathy, a potential disease model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. J Neurosci Res 92: 531-541, 2014.
  9. Gilliam, Doug; O’Brien, Dennis; Coates, Joan; Johnson, Gary; Johnson, Gayle; Mhlanga-Mutangadura, tendai; Hansen, Liz; Taylor, Jeremy; Schnabel, Robert. Whole genome sequencing identifies a mutation in KCNJ10 in Jack Russell Terrier-related breeds with spinocerebellar ataxia with myokymia, seizures or both.  J Vet Intern med 28(3):871-877, 2014.
  10. Vuillemenot BR, Kennedy D, Cooper JD, Wong AMS, Sri Sarmi, Doeleman T, Katz ML, Coates JR, Johnson GC, Reed R, Adams E, Butt M, Musson D, Henshaw D, Henshaw J, Keve S, Cahayag R, Tsuruda LS, O’Neill CA. Nonclinical profile of CNS-administered enzyme replacement in canine CLN2 neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis.  Mol Genet MetabS1096-7192 (14), 2014
  11. Schrauwen I, Barber RM, Schatzberg SJ, Siniard AL, et al, Johnson GC, Huentel MJ. Identification of novel genetic risk loci in Maltese dogs with necrotizing meningoencephalitis and evidence of a shared genetic risk across toy dog breeds. PloS One 9(11):e112755, 2014.