People

Mackenzie Hepker

Research Associate
Neurology

Mackenzie is a research associate in the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Lab.

Joseph Hesse

Director of Innovation
Neurology

Joe Hesse joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2002 and serves as the center’s Director of Innovation. His focus is the development of informatics and computational infrastructure in support of precision medicine. He works in collaboration with many groups and faculty across UCSF with the overall goal of delivering technology solutions to clinicians and researchers that are both scientifically agile and regulatory compliant.

Hilary Heuer, PhD

Oculomotor Specialist
Neurology

Dr. Hilary Heuer is an oculomotor specialist in the Boxer lab.

Madi Hurst

Student Intern Lab Assistant
Neurology

Madi is a student intern lab assistant in the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Lab.

Ji-Hye Hwang

Research Associate
Neurology

Ji-Hye is a research associate in the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Lab.

Shireen Javandel

Research Coordinator
Neurology

A Bay Area native, Shireen attended UC Berkeley where she earned a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology. Since then, her curiosity has led her to contribute to a variety of projects ranging from the characterization of wheat gluten proteins at the USDA to a UCSF study of early onset schizophrenia, and then on to complete a post-baccalaureate program at Drexel University. She also worked for an educational non-profit, coordinating workplace apprenticeship for middle school students in Oakland just before joining the Memory and Aging Center, where she now coordinates Dr.

Kesshi Jordan, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Neurology

Dr. Jordan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Alba Language Lab led by Dr. Marilu Gorno Tempini.

Aimee Kao, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Neurology

Dr. Aimee Kao is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Iowa School of Medicine where she received her medical degree and a doctorate degree in physiology and biophysics studying the molecular mechanisms of insulin signaling. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Boston and a residency in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she was Chief Resident. Dr. Kao participates in patient evaluation and management at the Memory and Aging Center.

Elissaios Karageorgiou, MD, PhD

Asst Adjunct Faculty
Neurology

Dr. Karageorgiou was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and raised in Athens, Greece, where he graduated from Athens College and subsequently obtained a medical degree and a PhD degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Upon completion of his medical studies, he worked as a post-doctoral associate at the Brain Sciences Center of the University of Minnesota under the mentorship of Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, MD, PhD, studying the encephalographic brain patterns in health and diseases such as dementia, multiple sclerosis, and schizophrenia.

Krystal Karunungan

Research Coordinator
Neurology

Krystal is a research coordinator in the Rabinovici lab, where she coordinates the IDEAS study as well as the Early Onset and Atypical Alzheimer’s Disease study.

Anna Karydas

Biospecimen/Genetics Programs Manager
Neurology

Anna Karydas is the Biospecimen/Genetics Programs Manager at the Memory and Aging Center. She serves as the primary subject expert for the acquisition, characterization and management of biological materials. Anna works directly with the clinical staff, including nurses and genetic counselors, to ensure accurate and efficient collection, delivery and reconciliation of biologic materials.

Robin Ketelle, RN, MS

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Neurology

Robin Ketelle received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from UCLA and a master’s degree in gerontological nursing from UCSF.

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