Yoko Ambrosini

Yoko Ambrosini

Assistant ProfessorInternal MedicineSmall Animal

Dr. Ambrosini is an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and a member of the Small Animal Internal Medicine team at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. After she received her DVM in Japan, she went to the University of California Davis for a master’s degree in preventative veterinary medicine and a doctorate in comparative pathology. She completed rotating and medicine internships at private hospitals in California, then a small animal internal medicine residency at Tufts University. She completed her postdoctoral training at Iowa State University and the University of Texas at Austin. Her clinical interests include various diseases in gastroenterology and hepatobiliary diseases. Dr. Ambrosini’s lab focuses on understanding the normal and disease physiology while integrating organoid culture and organ-on-a-chip technologies. Outside of the hospital and the lab, she spends time with her family (husband, four kids, and a cat) cooking, running, doing crafts, and exploring the Palouse.


  • PhD, University of California Davis, 2011
  • MPVM, University of California Davis, 2009
  • DVM, Nihon University Japan, 2007


  • Board certified, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Diplomate ACVIM), small animal internal medicine

Research Interest

  • Organoid
  • Organ-on-a-chip technology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatobiliary diseases
  • Nephrology


Professional Service

  • ACVIM Education and Research Committee, 2019 – present
  • Member, Comparative Gastroenterology Society, 2018 – present
  • Member, Society of Comparative Hepatology, 2018 – present

Honors and Award

  • ACVIM Advanced Research Fellowship ($25,000), 2020
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Collaborative Research Travel Grant ($12,000), 2019
  • ACVIM Advanced Research Fellowship ($25,000), 2019
  • Digestive Disease Week Poster of Distinction, 2019
  • ACVIM Best Oral Abstract Award, 2018
  • ECVIM Best Oral Abstract Award, 2018
  • Phi Zeta Honor Society, 2018
  • ECVIM Best Oral Abstract Award, 2018
  • The CGS Professional Development Awards, 2018