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Kristen M. Stevens

    • Current Program Year: Grad 5
    • Current Student, Bioinformatics and Computational Biomedicine Major Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program School of Medicine
    • Division of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine
    • M.D./Ph.D. Program Students School of Medicine

Kristen studies the complex interplay between genetics, lifestyle, and the environment in the development of obesity and substance use disorders. Equipped with her training in biology, English, informatics, medicine, health economics and public policy, Kristen takes a systems approach to solving two of our most pressing health care challenges. Her current research combines genetic and clinical information from a reward system perspective for potential patient-stratified prevention across a large human population cohort. With the guidance of her research advisor, Shannon K. McWeeney, Ph.D., her academic advisor, Eilis Boudreu, M.D., Ph.D., and her dissertation advisory committee, Kristen develops novel computational and statistical methods to better understand and predict vulnerability to these widespread and devastating diseases. Her ultimate goal is to bring this work with her into the clinic to inform and hopefully improve mutual decision-making with her patients.

When she is not studying, Kristen enjoys reading, eating delicious food, mushroom hunting, skiing, and spending time with her husband and young son.

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Education

  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Molecular & Cell Biology Major, English Minor 2010

Honors and awards

  • Medical Scientist Training Program
  • National Library of Medicine Predoctoral Fellowship
  • 2016 AMIA Student Design Challenge: Engaging Providers and Patients in Precision Medicine, Third Place

Memberships and associations

  • American Physician Scientists Association
  • International Society for Computational Biology
  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • American Medical Women's Association
  • Oregon Medical Association
  • Women in Science Portland

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