People

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.

Tom Kiely, PhD

Psychologist
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.

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

Renaud La Joie, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Neurology

Serggio Lanata, MD, MS

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Neurology

Dr. Serggio Lanata was raised in Peru, where he began his undergraduate studies in general science. He later earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Florida. He obtained his medical degree from the University of South Florida, and then completed his medicine internship and neurology residency at Brown University. He joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in July 2013 as a Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow. He evaluates and treats patients referred to the MAC clinic.

Eva Larsen

Histology Lab Assistant
Neurology

Eva is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley (class of 2020), where she is currently majoring in molecular and cellular biology with a concentration in neuroscience. In high school, Eva worked as a lab assistant at the Bankiewicz Lab for Translational Neuroscience Research. Eva joined the Grinberg Lab in Summer 2017 as a work-study student and is going to be working as a lab assistant. She intends to pursue a career in the medical field.

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