People

Mayra Dobano

Practice Coordinator
UCSF Medical Center

Karen Dorsman

Staff Research Associate
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.

Aubrie Drechsler

Autopsy Coordinator
Neurology

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

Dr. Elahi is a clinical fellow in behavioral neurology.

Alaisa Emery

Staff Research Assistant
Neurology

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

Sabrina Erlhoff

Clinical Research Coordinator
Neurology

Originally from San Diego, California, Sabrina graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science and a minor in Spanish language and literature. As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Robert Clark at UC San Diego to investigate the effects of hippocampal lesions in the spatial cognition of rats and later worked with Dr. David Whitney at UC Berkeley to create online tests to study human visual perception.

Dariella Fernandez

Clinical Research Coordinator
Neurology

Dariella graduated from UC Berkeley in the Spring of 2015, where she majored in cognitive science and minored in Spanish. During her undergraduate career, Dariella enjoyed volunteering for Communication Works, a speech pathology clinic located in Oakland that specializes in group therapy for children with communication disorders. She also volunteered for the Department of Rehabilitation Services at Sierra Vista Regional Hospital in San Luis Obispo, California.

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