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Reilly Dever

Clinical Research Coordinator

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. Howie Rosen to study familial frontotemporal dementia. In her free time, Reilly enjoys running, yoga, music and art, and exploring new places.

Lauren Chang

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from San Jose, Lauren graduated from the University of Washington – Seattle in 2014 with a degree in psychology. She continued to explore the field of psychology by working as an applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapist for children with autism, which sparked her interest into moving back into the research field. She previously worked at the Center for Imaging of Neurodegenerative Diseases (CIND) within the UCSF Radiology department on two different Alzheimer’s related studies, one looking specifically at possible connections between post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and Alzheimer’s disease, and the other looking to get FDA approval on a tau PET imaging tracer. At the MAC, Lauren works with Dr. Valcour to coordinate his international acute HIV studies and his HIV over 60 studies.

Jersey Deng

Research Associate

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.

Shoshannah Rubin

Clinical Research Coordinator

Shoshannah graduated from Pitzer College in May 2014 where she studied biochemistry. She wrote her honors thesis on the ApoE gene and its potential relationship to longevity and quality of life.

At the Memory and Aging Center, Shoshannah is a clinical research coordinator working on the frontotemporal dementia study called, Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Images, and Emotions, under the guidance of Dr. Bruce Miller. Shoshannah is interested in health concerns facing older adults and systemic issues that keep the aging and elderly from accessing care.

Lynn Bajorek

Clinical Research Coordinator

A Portland native, Lynn came to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley. She graduated in May 2016 with a degree in cognitive science and a concentration in cognitive neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she worked in the D’Esposito Lab on a project seeking to understand dopamine’s mediation of cognitive control and the contributions of dopamine deficiency to cognitive deficits in Parkinson’s disease. She interned at the Oregon National Primate Research Center and gathered data on the effect of estrogen replacement therapy in post-menopausal rhesus macaques on spatial memory ability. She currently works with Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Howie Rosen to study frontotemporal dementia. In her free time, Lynn enjoys yoga and exploring the outdoors.

Kirsten Rogers

Program Manager

Kirsten Rogers joined the MAC team in 2016 as the project manager of the Dementia Care Pathway project, led by Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Kate Rankin. This Quest Diagnostics-supported initiative translates best practices in screening, evaluating, and managing dementia and neurodegenerative disease into tools for primary care practitioners and their patients. As project manager, Kirsten works with investigator led teams to pilot, enhance and implement these tools in the community.

Kirsten earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in human biology with concentrations in international health and infectious disease. She is particularly interested in working to address health disparities in marginalized populations and engaging vulnerable communities in research through outreach and education.

In her free time, Kirsten enjoys hiking, marathon running, traveling and volunteering.

Julie Pham

Research Coordinator

Julie graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with honors in psychology and cognitive science. While there, she worked as a research assistant looking at the variances in spontaneous narratives across neurodegenerative disease groups. Upon graduating, she aimed to further apply her research experiences and found her way to Kaiser Permanente where she worked on recruitment and follow-up with participants on cancer and epidemiology studies. It was the enriching experience working with an aging population that she aims to tie her experiences to her studies and the interest of how changes to the brain over time affects cognition and memory.

Julie now coordinates the Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease study led by Dr. Gil Rabinovici. The study aims to understand the factors that contribute to the heterogeneity in Alzheimer’s disease.

In her spare time, she loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and check out the latest events happening around the Bay Area.

Jennifer Daniels

Research Coordinator

Originally from Virginia, Jen graduated from Penn State in 2014 with dual degrees in biology and psychology. After graduating, she worked teaching anatomy and physiology labs and as a research assistant on the Early Growth and Development Study at Penn State. Her love of the outdoors led her to San Francisco, and her interests in neuroscience, infectious disease, and public health led her to the Valcour Lab. Having formerly volunteered with Global Medical Brigades in Panama and Ghana, Jen is excited to continue to have a global impact through biomedical research. Jen now coordinates participant visits with Dr. Valcour’s HIV Over 60 and HIV Elders studies, as well as manages data and protocols for the SEARCH Thailand acute HIV studies. Outside of work, Jen enjoys hiking, yoga and playing guitar.

Melanie Stephens, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Melanie Stephens is an Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center within the Department of Neurology.

Alice La

Clinical Research Coordinator

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. On the side, she volunteered at the University Health Services Pharmacy, studied ancient history as a minor, and attended an archaeological field school program excavating Mycenaean chamber tombs.

Alice joined the Memory and Aging Center in December 2015 as a research coordinator for Dr. Elissaios Karageorgiou on MEG neuroimaging to visualize sleep patterns in dementia patients and at-risk healthy controls. She also coordinates a phase II clinical trial run by Dr. Keith Vossel on investigating the potential role of anti-epileptic medication in neurodegenerative diseases.

In her spare time, you might find Alice watching historical fiction dramas, spending time with her cat, and practicing archery. She also enjoys horseback riding whenever she gets the chance and dreams of adopting her own horse in the future.

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