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Sasha Binford, RN

Nurse
UCSF Medical Center

Natasha Boissier, LCSW

Social Worker
Neurology

Natasha received her master's degree in social work from San Francisco State University in 1996 and became licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in 2003. Natasha has worked extensively in community agencies addressing the needs of the elderly. Prior to joining the MAC team, she was a family consultant and clinical supervisor at Family Caregiver Alliance, a center dedicated to providing information and support to family members caring for someone with a dementia related disease. Natasha joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2007 as a part-time social worker.

Valentina Borghesani, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Neurology

Dr. Valentina Borghesani is a postdoctoral fellow in the ALBA Language Lab.

Mia Borzello

Staff Research Associate
Neurology

Mia is a research associate in the UCSF Decision Lab. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in cognitive science. Mia works with Dr. Winston Chiong to study decision-making behavior in aging and neurodegenerative disease. 

Before joining the Decision Lab, Mia worked with Dr. Sydney Cash at Massachusetts General Hospital, using electrocorticography (ECoG) to better understand normal and pathological brain physiology. 

Viktoriya Bourakova

Staff Research Associate
Neurology

Viktoriya attended the University of San Francisco and received a degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Classical Studies. Prior to joining the Memory and Aging Center (MAC), Viktoriya was a research coordinator at the San Francisco VA Medical Center working under Dr. Michael Weiner to examine the effects of traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and Alzheimer’s disease. She later became a research associate and imaging technician involved with projects studying PTSD biomarkers as well as frontotemporal dementia.

Jessica Bowman

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator
Neurology

Adam Boxer, MD, PhD

Professor
Neurology

Dr. Boxer received his medical and doctorate degrees as part of the NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Program at New York University Medical Center. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at California Pacific Medical Center and a residency in Neurology at Stanford University Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in behavioral neurology at UCSF.

Jesse Brown, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Neurology

Dr. Jesse Brown is a postdoctoral fellow in the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Lab.

Victoria Butler, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Neurology

Dr. Victoria Butler is a postdoctoral fellow in the Kao Lab.

Monroe Butler, MD, PhD

Behavioral Neurology Fellow
Neurology

Dr. Monroe Butler trained in Boston where he completed graduate studies in philosophy and ethics prior to completing his medical and doctorate degrees. His dissertation research explored non-motor features of Parkinson’s disease. He joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2016 as a behavioral neurology fellow with an interest in studying the neuroscience of valuation and decision-making.

Nancy Cai

Clinical Research Coordinator
Neurology

Nancy Cai is a clinical research coordinator working on Huntington's disease and ataxia in the program led by Michael Geschwind, MD, PhD.

Marite Carrasco Valdez

Recruitment Coordinator
Neurology

Marite graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in psychology and ethnic studies. While studying at San Jose State, Marite was involved with the Mental Health Ambassador program, where she worked alongside the Counseling and Psychological Center to help increase mental health literacy, provide multiculturally responsive services and reduce mental health stigma. Marite completed her honors thesis under Dr. Wei-Chien Lee investigating the alarmingly low college retention rates of first generation minority students.

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