As dusk falls to nighttime, people relax on the Goodspeed Family Pier and take in a post-sunset view of the Memorial Union Terrace and Lake Mendota shoreline at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during a summer evening on June 14, 2014. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Bentson Translational Research Fellowship – Alumni

Pippa Cosper, MD, PhD

Pippa Cosper, MD, PhD
Pippa Cosper, MD, PhD

Dr. Pippa Cosper completed her Bentson Translational Research Fellowship in 2021 and now is an instructor in the Department of Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

As a Bentson Translational Research Fellow, Dr. Cosper studied how chromosomal instability affects a cancer cell’s response to radiation treatment in order to determine which patients may be resistant to treatment and to define the mechanisms underlying this treatment resistance with the hope of developing novel therapeutic interventions to improve patient outcomes. Her work as a fellow focused primarily on head and neck cancer. She stratified analyses for HPV status to evaluate what impact this tumor-causing virus may have on chromosomal instability.

Awards

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Young Investigator Award

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research Fellow Grant

Scholar-in-Training Travel Award at the RADRES Annual Meeting

National Institutes of Health (NIH) K08 Career Development Award

Ravi Patel, MD, PhD

Ravi Patel, MD
Ravi Patel, MD, PhD

Dr. Ravi Patel completed his Bentson Translational Research Fellowship in 2020 and now is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he runs his own lab.

As a Bentson Translational Research Fellow, Dr. Patel worked on two cancer immunotherapy projects. One focused on evaluating whether response to immunotherapies may be improved through the use of molecular targeted radionuclide therapeutics. The other focused on the development and testing of a novel nanoparticle for stimulating an anti-cancer immune response in conjunction with external beam radiation therapy. During his time in the department, he earned several grants, had multiple papers accepted, and supervised a group of undergraduate researchers.

Awards

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Young Investigator Award, 2018

National Institutes of Health (NIH) K-award

Clinical Fellow Award. Annual Immono-Oncology Young Investigators’ Forum, 2018

RNSA Roentgen Resident Research Award, 2017

Kathryn Mittauer, PhD

Kathryn Mittauer, PhD
Kathryn Mittauer, PhD

Dr. Kathryn Mittauer completed her Bentson Translational Research Fellowship in 2019 and now is a medical physicist and assistant professor at Miami Cancer Institute, Florida International University.

As a Bentson Translational Research Fellow, Dr. Mittauer completed research that utilized a novel swine model in combination with the precision of MR-guided adaptive radiotherapy to evaluate the maximum tolerated dose to the duodenum. The results of her studies potentially will allow for delivery of additional radiation dose to patients with localized pancreatic cancer, which may confer a survival benefit.

Awards

Early Career Medical Physics Scholar Award, Winter

Institute of Medical Physics Meeting, 2018

Best of Quality Assurance Dosimetry Symposium, Sun

Nuclear Quality Assurance Dosimetry Symposium, 2018