Program Director Advances Cancer Research

Rachel Bagni

Alumna Rachel Bagni is leading a research team at the National Cancer Institute.

Rachel Bagni


  • Biomedical Science (M.S.)
  • Bioinformatics (M.S.)


  • Biology
  • Computer Science & Information Technology

Dr. Rachel Bagni leads a team that is part of the RAS Initiative, in which National Cancer Institute and Frederick National Lab for Cancer Research scientists focus on oncogenes—or genes that could potentially cause cancer.  The Frederick News-Post recently featured a story about her role in this important research, specifically with the K-Ras gene, which is associated with lung, pancreatic, colorectal and other cancers.

Dr. Bagni is a Hood alum and was the previous director of the Graduate School’s Biomedical Science program from 2013-2017. She has worked at NCI for 16 years, rising through the ranks from intern to her current position.