People

Christie Byrne

Care Ecosystem Project Manager
Neurology

Christie Byrne is the project manager of the Care Ecosystem study. As an undergrad at Purdue University, she studied Brain and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience. Her lifelong interest in understanding the brain evolved into a passion for neurodegenerative disease research while working in Parkinson’s disease research post-college.

Nancy Cai

Clinical Research Coordinator
Neurology

Nancy Cai is a clinical research coordinator working on Huntington’s disease in the program led by Michael Geschwind, MD, PhD. She also coordinates Dr. Geschwind’s projects investigating familial progressive supranuclear palsy and Guam PDC-ALS.

Jessie Carr, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Neurology

Dr. Carr is a postdoctoral fellow in the Yokoyama neurogenetics lab.

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.

Megan Casey

Clinical Research Coordinator
Neurology

Megan Casey is a Clinical Research Coordinator on the rapidly progressive dementia team led by Michael Geschwind, MD, PhD.

Josie Castro

Practice Coordinator
UCSF Medical Center

Jungho Cha, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Neurology

Dr. Jungho Cha is a postdoctoral fellow in the Rabinovici lab.

Kiran Chaudhary

Project Manager
Neurology

Karen Chen

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator
Neurology

Yingjia Chen, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Neurology

Dr. Yingjia Chen is a postdoctoral fellow in the Possin Lab.

Carrie Cheung

Clinic Coordinator
UCSF Medical Center

Carrie, a San Francisco native, comes from a sales and public service background with over ten years of management. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a creative writing degree and a minor in holistic health. She enjoys helping the public, learning new cultures and challenges and writing about her experiences.

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