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Tom Kiely, PhD

Psychologist
Neurology

Mee-Ohk Kim, MD, PhD

Associate Specialist
Neurology

Mary Koestler, RN, PhD

Project Administrator and Trials Nurse
Neurology

Mary Koestler joined the Memory and Aging Center’s clinical trials unit as project administrator and trials nurse in July 2007. Dr. Koestler completed a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in clinical research management at UCSF followed by a PhD degree. She currently manages industry-sponsored FDA Phase I-III Alzheimer’s disease trials. Dr. Koestler is credentialed by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

Eena Kosik

Clinical Research Coordinator
Neurology

Eena Kosik graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science. During her time at Berkeley, Eena worked as a research assistant in Dr. Robert Levenson’s lab doing facial coding of patients with neurodegenerative diseases. She then spent her final two years in Dr. Robert Knight’s lab completing an honor’s thesis on the neural mechanisms of prediction through electroencephalography brain recordings.

Joel Kramer, PsyD

Director of Neuropsychology
Neurology

Dr. Kramer is a Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurology and the Director of the Memory and Aging Center Neuropsychology program. He earned his doctorate in psychology at Baylor University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Martinez VA hospital. Dr. Kramer is board certified in clinical neuropsychology.

Divya Krishnakumar

Research Coordinator
Neurology

Divya joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2015. She is the research coordinator for Dr. Michael Geschwind’s clinical research on Huntington’s disease and spinocerebellar ataxias. She also coordinates Dr. Geschwind’s projects investigating familial progressive supranuclear palsy and Guam PDC-ALS.

Jessica Kudlacek

Lab Manager
Neurology

Jess Kudlacek received a BSc in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University. She worked as a neuropsychology research assistant for Dr. Shawn Gale using MRI imaging to study epilepsy and pattern separation in memory. She then transitioned to Dr. Jonathan Wisco's neurobiology research lab, where she led the lab's immunohistochemistry efforts and focused her research on the relationship between Alzheimer's Disease and diabetes. In addition, Jess worked at the MRI Research facility at BYU, and as the lab manager of the Wisco Lab.

Susanna Kwok

Asst. Clinical Research Coordinator
Neurology

Alice La

Clinical Research Coordinator
Neurology

Alice graduated from UC Berkeley in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology with emphasis in neurobiology. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research technician in the Barton Lab, managing their mouse colony to study innate immunity and pathogen recognition. She also volunteered as a research assistant in the Lammel Lab, investigating midbrain dopaminergic networks of reward and addiction by performing in vivo mouse surgery and optogenetics behavioral assays.

Renaud La Joie, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Neurology

Heidi Lambert

Atlantic Fellow at GBHI
Neurology

Heidi Clare is an educator and a performer, and she is widely acknowledged as the best old-time fiddler currently performing. She brings this deep understanding of music, creativity, and performance to GBHI where she works to reduce the stigma of dementia and to promote brain health by helping people engage their creative minds. She is developing a radio program and podcast where she interviews high profile musicians and clinical scientists about aging and the creative process, a mysterious process to most—including musicians!

Serggio Lanata, MD, MS

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Neurology

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