Kristen M. Stevens

  • Current Program Year: MS4
  • Graduate, Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program, School of Medicine
  • M.D./Ph.D. Program Students, School of Medicine


Dissertation Title: A reward system polygenic risk score for predicting obesity and substance addiction

My research addresses how genetics, behavior, and the environment together confer risk for obesity and substance use disorders. I am specifically interested in the relationship between these two conditions from the perspective of both individual people and larger populations. As a physician-scientist in training, my goal is to translate discoveries in this area to my patients and to our community leaders.

Education and training

    • B.A., 2010, University of California, Berkeley, Molecular & Cell Biology, English (minor)
    • Ph.D., 2020, Oregon Health & Science University

Memberships and associations:

  • American Physician Scientists Association
  • International Society for Computational Biology
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • American Medical Women's Association
  • Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science
  • Oregon Medical Association

Honors and awards

  • Travel Award, Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference, International Society for Computational Biology, 2019
  • Scholarship, Genetics of Addiction Short Course, The Jackson Laboratory, 2018
  • Finalist, Student Design Challenge, American Medical Informatics Association, 2016
  • Travel Award, BioC: Where Software and Biology Connect, Bioconductor, 2016
  • Biomedical Informatics & Data Science Research Training Program, National Library of Medicine, 2015-2020



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