Research Staff

The staff in the Research and Editorial Office of the Department of Radiation Oncology manage the research publication process, pre-awards grants process, promotion and tenure process, and clinical research process, including retrospective studies and prospective clinical trials, for the faculty and residents of the Department of Radiation Oncology. Please see below for more specific information on the staff and how to contact them.

Jessica Kirwan University of Florida Radiation Oncology ResearchJessica Kirwan, MA

Assistant Director of Research


Phone: 265-8832

Jessica is the administrative manager of the Research & Editorial office, a research coordinator, and a medical editor. She coordinates retrospective clinical outcomes studies, carries out the publication process for the physician-faculty, and is a department administrator for tenure and promotion. Jessica also coordinates the department’s annual outcomes tracking seminar, and she is the Managing Editor of the International Journal of Particle Therapy.

Kari Bastow University of Florida Radiation Oncology ResearchKari Bastow

Research Administrator


Phone: (352) 265-8827

Kari coordinates the administrative efforts for all grants submissions, research agreements, and clinical trial budget negations. She also carries out pre-award contract negotiations, and post-award follow-up.

Kate Casey-Sawicki, MA

Research Coordinator


Phone: (352) 265-8830

Kate is a research coordinator and science editor with extensive experience working with ESL writers. She carries out the manuscript and publication process for the basic research and physics faculty, edits and assists with grants, and is a department administrator for tenure and promotion.

John Lybarger University of Florida Radiation Oncology ResearchJohn Lybarger, MPH, CCRC

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator


Phone: (352) 265-8851

John is an ACRP-certified research coordinator. He oversees the day-to-day tasks for all federally funded, PI-initiated, industry-sponsored, and in-house clinical trials.

Andrew Chadwick

IRB Coordinator


Phone: (352) 265-8829

Andrew maintains the IRB regulatory documents for the Radiation Oncology research studies.

Amy Carrao-Tackett, MPH

Program Assistant


Amy provides support to the research office. She is the main point of contact for the retrieval of paper charts.

Chris Morris, MS



Chris is responsible for statistical analysis for all outcome studies and in-house clinical trials conducted at both Gainesville Radiation Oncology and the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute (UFHPTI) in Jacksonville, FL.  In complement, he designs and manages the databases associated with these studies, and serves as a co-author on the associated manuscripts.  He is also responsible for guiding the development of the VTOC web-based data collection software created by Visiontree and utilized by UFHPTI.