Kastl, director of clinical trials at the University of Cincinnati Cancer
Institute, earned a bachelor of science degree in natural sciences from Xavier
University in 1996. "I always had an interest in the medical field and began
working for a small biotech startup company focusing on drug discovery for
Alzheimer’s disease early in my career,” she says.
that position, Kastl did research with nerve cells of chicken embryos and
learned more about the drug development process which led to her becoming the
study manager at Phoenix International Life Sciences. While at Phoenix, she
learned how to manage a clinical trial and the regulations associated with the
conduct of clinical research.
at Phoenix was a great bridge to my career at University of Cincinnati Medical
Center,” she says. "I was able to apply my knowledge and training to support
the clinical trials program in the cancer institute.”
When did you begin
working at UC?
began working here in 2000. During my time here, I have managed a large portfolio
of cancer clinical trials. In my current role, I manage a department of 14
employees that support clinical research across five comprehensive centers and three
What made you make
the move here?
University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute was working toward centralizing its
cancer clinical trials office when I joined, and I felt like it was a good fit.
There is a lot of research opportunity in cancer, and I wanted to understand
more about the disease and contribute to the program.”
What are your regular
coordinate efforts with medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology,
University of Cincinnati Medical Center, West Chester Hospital and the
Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital Medical Center to provide access to
clinical trials as a treatment option for cancer patients. I also provide a
staffing structure to support the conduct of the clinical trials within the
Cancer Institute and actively support the clinical trial budgeting and
invoicing processes for trials managed by the department.”
What is your favorite
part of the job?
like knowing that my work is meaningful and impacts the cancer care that patients
are receiving at the UC Cancer Institute.”
What do you like to
do in your spare time?
time with my family. I have been married to my husband, Bryan, for 12 years. We
have a 6-year-old daughter, Lily. She keeps my schedule full.
What is one thing
people might not know about you?
I moved forward in the field of clinical research, I considered getting a
master’s of science in forensic science. I also like to watch crime dramas in
my spare time.”