Research Collaborate Lab Bench

Medical Scientist Training Program

Dwani Patel

Dwani Patel

G3 Student

Faculty Advisor

  • Daniel Lipinski, MSc, DPhil, Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy; located at the Eye Institute


  • 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)


I completed my undergraduate degree in Bioengineering with a focus on medical imaging and sensing at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Under the mentorship of Dr. Rohit Bhargava at UIUC, our group focused on the development of novel chemical imaging technologies and structures to detect, diagnose, and understand tissue structure and cancer pathology. As part of the MSTP program, I began medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2015. Under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Lipinski, I hope to apply my background in medical imaging and therapeutics to understand and develop treatments for some of the most prevalent and life-altering ocular diseases.

Research Interests

Current interests include investigating the role of endothelial cells and retinal pericytes in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy, as well as identifying targets for gene therapy via rAAv.