Dr. Beth Neilsen is originally from Wamego, KS. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with Honors from the Jeffrey Raikes School of Computer Science and Management within the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She then completed her MD/PhD training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her PhD research utilized bioinformatic approaches to evaluate and identify novel therapeutic targets in Ras-mutated cancers from a genome-wide siRNA screen, which was supported by an NIH/NCI F30 grant. For her research and overall excellence during her graduate studies, she was selected as the 2018 Praesto Award recipient, an award given to the most exceptional UNMC graduate each year. Dr. Neilsen then completed a year of Preliminary training in Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she was recognized and named Prelim of the Year. She is excited to be continuing her training as a resident within the Department of Radiation Oncology at UCLA.