Stephanie Rager

As someone with a strong background in both wet lab and computational biology, Stephanie is most interested in creative medical research that incorporates aspects of physiology, engineering, and bioinformatics. She ultimately aspires to earn a medical degree, utilizing the problem-solving skills and research opportunities provided to Columbia SEAS students to become a well-rounded physician.

Stephanie Rager

Stephanie has been involved with biomedical research since high school, when she was awarded her first research training grants by the NIH's National Cancer Institute and the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

In 2016 and 2018, she traveled to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics to investigate the relationship between neonatal sepsis and patent ductus arteriosus. She was asked to give a podium presentation about her work at Vanderbilt School of Medicine’s 14th Annual Student Research Symposium and was awarded Third Place for her poster presentation at the 16th Annual Symposium.

In 2017, she had the opportunity to conduct clinical work related to pediatric epilepsy at Boston Children’s Hospital while further exploring her interest in Newborn Medicine through the Harvard Program in Neonatology’s Summer Student Research Program. She presented this work at the 2018 New England Science Symposium, where she was awarded honorable mention for Best Translational Research Poster.

On campus, Stephanie is part of an innovative clinical research collaboration between Dr. Reuther of Columbia Biomedical Engineering and Dr. Jobin of Columbia Orthopedics. She is also the current president Columbia's premedical chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and has previously served as Co-President of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). An accomplished violinist, Stephanie is also Co-President of Musical Mentors and concertmaster of the Columbia Bach Society.