Monica Wagner, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Population and Cancer Prevention Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Pain Mechanisms
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Research Methodology

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Omics analysis
  • Predictors of chronic pain development
  • Cancer and cancer survivorship
  • Symptom science

Research Projects

  • Wagner, M. (2020 - 2025). Pathway to Independence Award K99/R00: Omics of Pain in the Context of Declining Estrogen. NINR, K99/R00NR019080. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • Wagner, M. (2021 - 2022). Pain Omics in the Context of Diminishing Levels of Estrogen. MNRS Foundation Seed Grant. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • Wagner, M. (2020 - 2022). Omics of Pain in the Context of Decreasing Estrogen. Oncology Nursing Foundation Research Grant. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • Wagner, M. (2018 - 2020). Targeted Research and Academic Training for Nurses in Genomics. NINR, T32NR009759. Role: Post-Doctoral Scholar.
  • Wagner, M. (2015 - 2017). The Role of the Lateral Hypothalamus in Allodynia Development After Cisplatin Therapy. University of Michigan School of Nursing New Investigator Award. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • Wagner, M. (2015 - 2016). Changes in Gene Expression After Cisplatin Treatment. MNRS/Sally Lusk Dissertation Grant. Role: Principal Investigator.

Awards and Honors

Multilevel Intervention Training Institute Fellow
National Cancer Institute
Summer Genetics Institute Fellow
National Institute of Nursing Research
First Place Winner, Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, “Reducing Pain After Chemotherapy”
University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School



Post-doctoral Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Michigan
Bachelors of Science in Nursing
Western Michigan University
Bachelor of Science
Saint Mary’s College