Neli Ragina, Ph.D.

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  • Associate Professor, Genetics
    • Primary Address
    • Office
    • CMED Research Building
    • Room 117
    • Mt. Pleasant, MI, United States 48859



Neli P. Ragina, PhD, MSc is the Director for Research and an Associate 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. 


  • M.S. 2015, Clinical, Biomedical and Translational Investigations, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship 2015, Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • M.S. 2002, Molecular Biology, Sofia University
  • Ph.D. 2011, Genetics, Michigan State University