Research Coordinator

Katherine Clifford

Research Coordinator

Katherine grew up in the Bay Area before attending Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She graduated in 2014 with a double major in Neuroscience & Behavior and the Science in Society Program. At Wesleyan, Katherine worked in a developmental biology lab, using zebrafish as a model to study the genetic basis of human spinal disorders. In her summers, she has done research at Stanford on the neurobiology of autism, as well as research at Pfizer on a rat model for prefrontal deficit and cognitive symptoms in schizophrenia. Katherine joined Dr. Victor Valcour’s lab in May 2014, where she works as a neuroimaging coordinator, assisting with a pediatric HIV imaging study, among others. Katherine is a classically trained ballet dancer and enjoys dancing in her free time, as well as hiking, running, and being outdoors.

Collin Adams

Research Coordinator

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Collin graduated from Villanova University in 2011 as a double major in biology and philosophy. During his college summers he volunteered at the UNM Biomedical Research Center studying angiogenesis in GFP mice and interned at the Mayo Clinic studying elastase-induced aneurysms in rabbits. Collin helps coordinate the acute HIV-infection study (SEARCH 010) and contributes to other projects as well.

In his time off, he enjoys birding, biking, going to shows, cultivating friendships and exploring all the corners of beautiful San Francisco.

Sheila Solis

Autopsy Program Coordinator

Sheila graduated with honors in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2013. During her undergraduate studies, she became involved in social psychology and cognitive psychology research labs, held an internship in a mental health setting, was on a student health advisory committee for the Executive Vice-Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz, and studied neuroscience at the University of Cambridge (UK). Prior to joining the team at UCSF, Sheila worked as a mental health professional in contract with the Santa Cruz County Adult Mental Health Services. Sheila looks forward to combining her rich experience in research and supportive services by working with individuals and families in the autopsy program.

Daniel Schonhaut

Research Coordinator

Daniel Schonhaut is a research associate with Dr. Rabinovici and works on amyloid imaging projects.

Joe Winer

Research Coordinator

Joe Winer graduated from McGill University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science and completed an MA degree at the University of Chicago in 2013. Joe focused on cognitive neuroscience throughout his studies, particularly the fields of attention, learning, and memory. His research at UChicago examined expectation effects in perceptual learning and the role of sleep in learning and memory.

Joe joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in December 2013. He is the research coordinator for Dr. Michael Geschwind’s clinical research on Huntington's disease and spinocerebellar ataxias, and also coordinates Dr. Geschwind’s projects investigating familial progressive supranuclear palsy and Guam PDC-ALS.

Emmeline Chuu

Research Coordinator

Emmeline received a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she completed her senior research thesis in molecular cell biology, focusing on estrogen-mediated regulation of gene expression. Emmeline joined Dr. Adam Boxer’s clinical trials team at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in December of 2013 and is the primary study coordinator for a Phase I Alzheimer’s disease (AD) treatment trial.

Dan Luong

Research Coordinator

Dan Luong graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with a B.S. degree in biology. At Stanford, Dan performed honors research in the Department of Neurology investigating the characteristics of a novel neuronal protein. He also spearheaded a public health program at the Stanford Emergency Department evaluating clinical tools that identify alcohol misuse and abuse in adolescents. On weekends, Dan serves as a Vietnamese interpreter and the supplies coordinator at Pacific Free Clinic, which serves uninsured populations in San Jose, California.

Dan joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2014, where he coordinates the 4-Repeat Tauopathy Neuroimaging Initiative (4RTNI). This longitudinal study aims to develop robust biomarkers to improve reliability for new treatment studies in neurodegenerative diseases and to better understand disease progression.

Matt Wynn

Research Coordinator

Matt is a study coordinator for the Hillblom Aging Network, a longitudinal study of what constitutes normal aging and what early cognitive declines are associated with neurodegenerative disease.

He graduated in June 2013 from UC San Diego with bachelor’s degrees in both cognitive science (with a specialization in neuroscience) and philosophy. While there, he completed an undergraduate honors thesis under the direction of Professor Ben Bergen in the Language and Cognition Lab. In his thesis project, he investigated the role of individual differences in cognitive style as they pertain to task-switching paradigms.

In addition to his studies and work, Matt enjoys many hobbies, including watching sports (the Giants, Forty-Niners, Sharks, and Warriors), reading philosophy, and traveling to nearby breweries in search of delicious craft beer.

Sophie Lin, PhD

Research Coordinator

Sophie joined Dr. Adam Boxer’s clinical trials team at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2013. Sophie is the primary study coordinator for several clinical trials.

She completed her doctorate degree in pathobiology at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

Brian Yang

Research Coordinator

Brian was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan before graduating from Harvard University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in neurobiology. At Harvard, Brian worked under the guidance of Dr. Randy Buckner at the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab in the Harvard Center for Brain Science. His research utilized functional neuroimaging techniques to investigate working memory and sensory perception. Joining the Memory and Aging Center in June 2013, Brian coordinates a longitudinal study assessing the clinical relationships of compromised eye movement control (Saccade & Aging). He is planning to eventually pursue a career in medicine.

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