Stephanie Tristram-Nagle received her B.A. at Douglass College, Rutgers University, in 1970, and her Ph.D. in comparative biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1981. She transitioned into biological physics during her postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University (1982-1986) in the Department of Biological Sciences, and then joined the research track in the physics department in 2005, where she because a full research professor in biological physics in 2008. A co-winner of the Avanti Award in Lipids in 2003 at the Biophysical Society, she has published 107 scientific papers, with an H-index of 50 (Web of Science). She has extensive experience guiding students to collect X-ray data, both at Carnegie Mellon University in the Physics Department, and at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) in Ithaca, New York.