Kathryn Ivey, PhD
Staff Research Investigator, Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease

Other Professional Titles

Director, Stem Cell Core
Investigator, Roddenberry Center
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics


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Bethany Taylor
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Research Interests

Dr. Ivey’s research focuses on the regulation of cardiac-cell fates. She uses both animal models and cultured cells to study normal and pathological developmental processes. As the director of the Gladstone Stem Cell Core, she oversees training, equipment and other resources for cutting-edge stem cell research used both by investigators at both Gladstone and UCSF.


Dr. Ivey came to Gladstone as a postdoctoral scholar in 2005, and trained in stem cell biology as a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Scholar for 3 years. During that time, she applied her knowledge of the processes governing normal heart development to direct the differentiation of embryonic stem cells into the cardiac lineage.


In 1998, Dr. Ivey earned a bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M University. In 2004, she earned a PhD in molecular and cell biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, where she studied transcriptional regulation of the developing heart.

Why Gladstone

Gladstone offers a unique environment that brings together strong, talented scientists. It allows them to perform at the cutting edge of basic research, to work together under the umbrella of a specific human disease focus, and to apply their science to solve questions about important illnesses of our time. Gladstone also values community outreach, and I am thankful to be part of our efforts to share current science with members of the public and especially local youth.