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 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 Administration Manager


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 Development Manager


Phone: (352) 265-8830

Kate is a research development manager and science editor with extensive experience working with ESL writers. She is the communications coordinator for the COMPPARE Consortium, carries out the manuscript and publication process for the basic research faculty, writes and edits grants and protocols, 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.



Christopher S. StitchChristopher Stitch

Research Assistant


Phone: (352) 265-8784

Chris assists with manuscripts, grant proposals, abstracts, and scientific posters generated by the residents and faculty of the Department of Radiation Oncology.


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.