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

Assistant Professor of Biology   608-363-2367   Room 336, Sanger Center for the Sciences
  • Rachel Bergstrom, Assistant Professor of Biology

Rachel Bergstrom is a neuroscientist who studies epilepsy through analysis of electroencephalograms, or EEGs. She uses computational methods to detect and analyze electrical events in the brain, including seizures and inter-ictal spikes. She’s interested in using EEG analysis to understand early events in epileptogenesis, or the development of epilepsy. At heart, she is a tinkerer and loves to build tools to solve interesting problems in EEG analysis.

Rachel’s role in the classroom reaches beyond instruction. An active researcher in teaching and learning, Rachel investigates the role of group work in the development of a science identity for undergraduate students. She has a special interest in developing mechanisms to make group work in the classroom inclusive to all students, especially students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in STEM. She has been nationally recognized as a SENCER Leadership Fellow for her work in pedagogy and group work research. 

Outside of science, creative arts (especially knitting and sewing) and running keep her entertained. She serves as “Dr. Coach” for the cross-country team, and can be found running at early-morning practices with the team.

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