Research Coordinator

Viktoriya Bourakova

Staff Research Associate

Viktoriya attended the University of San Francisco and received a degree in psychology, neuroscience, and classical studies. Prior to joining the Memory and Aging Center (MAC), Viktoriya was a research coordinator at the San Francisco VA Medical Center working under Dr. Michael Weiner to examine the effects of traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and Alzheimer’s disease. She later became a research associate and imaging technician involved with projects studying PTSD biomarkers as well as frontotemporal dementia.

Viktoriya joined Dr. Gil Rabinovici’s lab at the MAC in June 2016, working with PET imaging to study hypometabolism, amyloid and tau in neurodegenerative diseases.

Emily Fox

Clinical Research Coordinator

Emily holds a bachelor of arts degree from UC Berkeley, where she majored in psychology and minored in Spanish. During her time at Berkeley she worked in the Gopnik Cognitive Development Lab looking at psychosocial cognition in young children and in the Hafter Lab of Auditory Perception studying semantic processing as it relates to hearing impairment and the development of hearing aids. At the Memory and Aging Center, Emily works primarily on a longitudinal study on healthy aging. Lead by Dr. Joel Kramer, this study looks at the multiplicity of factors that influence cognitive aging in older adults, from lifestyle factors to relevant biomarkers. Additionally, she coordinates a smaller study examining the effects of chronic inflammation on brain aging in healthy elderly individuals and in those with mild cognitive impairment. In her spare time, Emily enjoys practicing yoga and getting outdoors.

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.

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