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Dwani Patel, PhD

Dwani Patel

Dwani Patel, PhD

M4 Student

Faculty Advisor

  • Daniel Lipinski, MSc, DPhil, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy


  • Medical Scientist Training Program

Contact Information


Undergraduate: BS, Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
Graduate: Medical College of Wisconsin, Medical Scientist Training Program (2015 - present)

Research Interests

Gene therapy, adeno-associated virus, optical engineering, medical imaging

Research Experience

Medical College of Wisconsin, 2017 - 2021
Advisor: Daniel Lipinski, MSc, DPhil
Project: Developing technologies for early intervention into retinal diseases

University of Illinois at Urban Champaign, 2011-2015
Advisor: Dr. Rohit Bhargava
Project: Developing chemical imaging tools to enhance cancer diagnostics

Washington University in St. Louis, 2012
Advisor: Dr. Alison Goate
Project: Identifying coding variants implicated in Alzheimer's disease


Patel DD, Dhalla AH, Viehland C, Connor TB, Lipinski DM. Development of a Preclinical Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging Instrument for Assessing Systemic and Retinal Vascular Function in Small Rodents. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2021 Aug 2;10(9):19. doi: 10.1167/tvst.10.9.19. PMID: 34403474; PMCID: PMC8374978.

Patel DD, Lipinski DM. (2020). Validating a low-cost laser speckle contrast imaging system as a quantitative tool for assessing retinal vascular function. Sci Rep. 10(1), 7177.

Meeting Abstracts

Patel DD, Connor TB, Lipinski DM. Validating Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging as a Quantitative Tool for Measuring Retinal Vascular Function in Rodents. Association of Research in Ophthalmology and Vision Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC. 2019

Patel DD, Marsic D, Zolothukin S, Lipinski DM. Identification of Novel Retinal Pericyte-Targeting rAAV Vectors Through Directed Evolution. American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy. Chicago, IL. 2018

General Interests

Painting, travel, cooking and tennis