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Jessica Deleon, MD

Behavioral Neurology Fellow
Neurology

Dr. Jessica Deleon is a behavioral neurology fellow at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC). She focuses on care of patients with cognitive decline and dementia, including Alzheimer's dementia and frontotemporal dementia. Prior to joining the MAC, she completed her medical degree, medicine internship and neurology residency at UCSF. Her research interests include neuroimaging and the neural basis of speech and language, using primary progressive aphasia (PPA) as a disease model. She also has an interest in the socioeconomic factors that influence dementia care.

Jersey Deng

Staff Research Associate
Neurology

Jersey joined the Seeley Lab in August 2015 as a Research Associate and assists with management and analysis of neuroimaging data. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in neurobiology. Before joining the Seeley Lab, Jersey was the data manager of the THRIVE Lab at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center where he explored stress and its associations with psychiatric and physical disorders.

Reilly Dever

Clinical Research Coordinator
Neurology

Reilly graduated from the University of Washington in 2016 with a degree in psychology and a focus in cognitive neuroscience. During her time at the University of Washington, Reilly worked in the GENDAAR Lab at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, in conjunction with Harvard, Yale and UCLA. The study investigated the neurodevelopmental basis of autism spectrum disorder, and it fueled her desire to continue working in clinical neurological research. At the MAC, Reilly works with Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr.

Mayra Dobano

Practice Coordinator
UCSF Medical Center

Karen Dorsman

Clinical Research Coordinator
Neurology

Karen was born and raised in Nicaragua, where her interest in neuropsychology and community health began. Her passion for travel took her to Uruguay, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. While working on her honors thesis, she trained in clinical neuropsychology with mentors Sergio Dansilio, MD; Luis Fontan, MD; and Jorge Lorenzo, MD. During that time, she developed a strong interest toward healthy aging.

Kathleen Drew

Post-Award Analyst
Neurology

Kathleen Drew joined the Memory and Aging Center in October 2005 as a Financial Analyst. Prior to joining the MAC staff, she worked in a wide range of positions including EEOC program analyst at IBM, software quality engineer at PeopleSoft and the truck boss for a gasoline jobber in Colorado.

After hours, she takes classes in mathematics and art trying to get the better of both.

Dena Dubal, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Neurology

The goal of our research is to investigate mechanisms of longevity, resilience and neurodegenerative disease. Broadly we investigate how aging pathways can confer resilience to a brain and counter neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Using genetic mouse models, cell culture methods, and study of human populations using cutting-edge techniques, we study whether longevity-derived mechanisms can pave a path toward development of urgently needed therapies in aging and disease.

Sarah Dulaney, RN

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Neurology

Sarah Dulaney earned a master of science degree in gerontological nursing at UCSF and is certified as a Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Lauren Edwards

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator
Neurology

Lauren helps to coordinate the Tau PET study as well as the Early Onset and Atypical Alzheimer’s Disease study as a part of Dr. Rabinovici’s lab.

Alexander Ehrenberg

Lab Assistant
Neurology

Alex graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in integrative biology (evolution, ecology, and organismal biology division) and molecular and cellular biology (developmental genetics division). He started at UCSF in Spring 2012 working under Dr. Pierre-Antoine Gourraud in the Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Research Lab. There, he developed skills in computational biology, informatics, and statistics.

Fanny Elahi, MD, PhD

Behavioral Neurology Fellow
Neurology

Alaisa Emery

Staff Research Assistant
Neurology

Alaisa Emery is a staff research assistant for Dr. Christine Walsh.

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