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 KirwanJessica 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 research 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 negotiations. She also carries out pre-award contract negotiations, and post-award follow-up.

Ashton Monismith

Ashton Monismith, RN, BSN, CCRP

Research Coordinator III


Phone: (352) 265-8851

Ashton oversees federally funded, PI-initiated, industry-sponsored, and in-house clinical trials from study startup to completion.


Alesa Flewellen

Alesa Flewellen 

Research Coordinator II


Phone: (352) 265-8094

Alesa coordinates day-to-day tasks for federally funded clinical trials, specifically the PCORI COMPPARE study and RadTox Phase 2.


Sean HessSean Hess, MBA 

Research Administrator II 


Phone: (904) 386-8327

Sean provides administrative support for grant submissions and contract negotiations in addition to providing editorial assistance.


Andrew ChadwickAndrew 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.



Liza Winthrop Montgomery, Communications Specialist, Department of Radiation Oncology, UF College of MedicineLiza Winthrop Grammel

Communications Specialist


Liza assists in strategic planning; patient, alumni and staff-centered communications; the development of publications and marketing materials; and is the Journal Manager of the International Journal of Particle Therapy.



Research Staff - Not as Scary as They Look
The staff of the UF Radiation Oncology Research Office: Awarded Spookiest Costumes in 2019, but not as scary as they look.


U.S. News and World Report

Nationally ranked in 6 adult specialties and 6 pediatric specialties and rated high performing in 4 adult specialties and 5 procedures and conditions.



Annual Research Seminar

The seminar has three concurrent programs for radiation therapy, oncology nursing, and radiation oncology.



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