Director, Research
Assistant Professor, Genetics, CMU College of Medicine

Neli P. Ragina, PhD, MSc is the Director for Research and an Assistant Professor of Genetics in the Foundational Sciences and Surgical Disciplines in the CMU College of Medicine. Dr. Ragina's current research is translational in nature, combining stem cell and molecular biology with sophisticated biochemical tools. Her translational research focuses on exploring the role of Citrulline as an immune modulator, and also the role of epigenetics and adult stem cells in the severity and treatment of chronic radiation wounds. In addition she is also interested in population health research with an emphasis of providing education to the underserved, rural areas regarding cancer prevention, cardiovascular health and opioid abuse.

Post-Doctoral: Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
PhD: Genetics, Genetics Program, College of Natural Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Master of Science:
  • Clinical, Biomedical and Translational Investigations, Department of Epidemiology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Molecular Biology, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski,” Department of Biology, Sofia, Bulgaria

Specialty Interests:
Genetics, Stem Cell Biology, Epigenetics, Molecular Biology, Clinical Trials, Population Health Research

CMED Research Building, Room 117
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

CMU College of Medicine Saginaw Educational Building, Room 2009
Saginaw, MI 48602
Phone: 989-774-2496 (Mt. Pleasant) 989-583-7825 (Saginaw)
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