Caroline J Zeiss, PhD, DACVP, DACLAM

Professor of Comparative Medicine and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science; Director, Mouse Research Pathology Core; Unit Chief, Pathology

Departments & Organizations

Comparative Medicine


Faculty Research

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr Zeiss Is a double-boarded veterinary pathologist and laboratory animal veterinarian. She has over 20 years’ experience in veterinary pathology, with particular expertise in in ophthalmic- and neuropathology. She directs the Yale Mouse Research Pathology Core, and collaborates on multiple studies with Yale and external investigators in academia and industry. Her research focuses on mechanisms of neurodegeneration with a strong focus on translation of basic studies towards clinical relevance. Most recently, she has applied biomedical informatics, natural language processing and networks analysis to develop methods to improve preclinical translatability of animal research. Dr Zeiss has practiced as a laboratory animal clinician with a focus in non-human primate medicine since 2012. She consults regularly with industry regarding efficacy and toxicity studies utilizing ophthalmic disease models.

Education & Training

PhD Cornell University (1999)
BVMS University of Pretoria, South Africa (1990)
Intern University of Pennsylvania
Resident Cornell University

Honors & Recognition

  • Master of Arts Privatum (honorary degree) (2012)

Professional Service

  • Faculty Advisory Council (2015)

  • Council on Education (American Veterinary Medical Association) (2013)

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Contact Info

Caroline J Zeiss, PhD, DACVP, DACLAM
Mailing Address
Yale University School of Medicine PO Box 208016
New Haven, CT 06520-8016