Associate Professor, Genetics


(989) 774-2407

Foust Hall 125
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859


Dr. Neli Ragina is an Associate Professor and Director of Students and Residents Clinical Research. She is a Geneticist by training with excellent acumen of regulatory science, research compliance, clinical trials, and translational investigations. She oversees students and residents research at all clinical sites and the CMU global campus and provides leadership in clinical, biomedical, and translational investigations . In 2016 Dr. Ragina established the students’ population health research lab. Dr. Ragina’s translational research interest is on epigenetics and her population health research interest focuses on behavior health, social determinate of health and opioid use during pregnancy. Dr. Ragina also teaches throughout the curriculum, both for medical students (Y1-Y4) and Residents, in the area of epidemiology, research compliance, reproduction, genetics and cancer.


  • Graduate School: 
    • Ph.D. (Genetics) Michigan State University, East Lansing
    • MSc. (Clinical) Biomedical and Translational Investigations, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • Undergraduate: B.S. Molecular Biology, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Internship: Neogene Corporation, Research and Development, Lansing
  • Postdoctoral Training: Department of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California