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PhD, Biomedical Sciences, Neurobiology of Disease, Mayo Graduate School, 2012

BS, Biology, North Park University, 2004

Courses Taught

Emerging Diseases

Cell Biology


Research Interests

Epilepsy - Seizure and spike detection and classification

Pedagogy - The role of group work in the STEM classroom, Developing a Science Identity as an undergraduate STEM student


Bergstrom RA, 2018. Motion sickness as metaphor: engaging with diversity in STEM. Advances in Physiology Education 43(1):1-6. Online publication 12 Dec 2018. Open access:

Pfammatter JA, Bergstrom RA, Wallace EP, Maganti RK, Jones MV, 2018. A predictive epilepsy index based on probabilistic classification of interictal spike waveforms. PLoS ONE 13(11):e0207158. Open access:

Bergstrom RA, 2018. A new model of civic engagement: Translational research at the undergraduate level. Science Education & Civic Engagement: An International Journal 10(1):14-20. Open access:

Bergstrom RA, Field Fass M, 2015. Emerging Infectious Diseases (BIOL 215). SENCER Model Course. Available at:

Bergstrom RA, Choi JH, Manduca A, Shin HS, Worrell GA, Howe CL, 2013. Automated identification of multiple seizure-related and interictal epileptiform event types in the EEG of mice. Scientific Reports 3:1483. Open access:

Howe CL, Bergstrom RA, Horazovsky BF, 2009. Subcutaneous IGF-1 is not beneficial in 2-year ALS trial. Neurology 73:1247.

Bergstrom RA, Sinjoanu RC, Ferreira A, 2007. Agrin induced morphological and structural changes in growth cones of cultured hippocampal neurons. Neuroscience 149:527-36.

Tournell CE, Bergstrom RA, Ferreira A, 2007. Progesterone-induced agrin expression in astrocytes modulates glia-neuron interactions leading to synapse formation. Neuroscience 141:1327-38.

Rachel A Bergstrom

Associate Professor of Biology

 Email:  Phone: 608-363-2367   Room 336, Sanger Center for the Sciences

Rachel Bergstrom is a neuroscientist who studies epilepsy through analysis of electroencephalograms, or EEGs. She uses computational methods to detect and analyze electrical events.

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