Research Coordinator

Cheyanne Rofe

Research Intern

Cheyanne is a junior at UC Berkeley, studying molecular and cell biology with an emphasis in immunology. She joined the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Laboratory as a research intern in February 2014. Cheyanne assists with the Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank as well as brain blocking procedures to generate histology information for neuropathological studies.

Paul Strain

Research Coordinator

Paul J. Strain graduated from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities in 2011 with a degree in biochemistry and a minor in German studies. Paul joined the Memory and Aging Center in September of 2014 after teaching high school life science for three years at Fremont High School in Oakland. He is a research coordinator for the study Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Imaging and Emotions. This observational study aims to better characterize neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia with the goal of developing better diagnostic tools for the diseases.

Nagehan Ayakta

Research Associate

Nagehan graduated from University of California, Berkeley in May 2014 with honors and a BA degree in Molecular and Cell Biology-Neurobiology. She completed her honor thesis at the Jagust laboratory under the guidance of Dr. William Jagust and Dr. Sylvia Villeneuve at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Her main focus was investigating the temporal and spatial pattern of beta-amyloid accumulation in healthy adults.

At the Memory and Aging Center, Nagehan is a research associate working with Dr. Gil Rabinovici and also continues to work with the Jagust laboratory at Berkeley. Currently she is working on a variety of PET imaging projects studying amyloid, hypometabolism, and tau.

Luke Bonham

Research Coordinator

Luke grew up in Southern California before attending UC Berkeley. Graduating with a degree in business administration, he joined the UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center in 2013. Prior to joining the Memory and Aging Center, he worked in Dr. Dena Dubal’s lab at UCSF to study sex differences in mouse models of neurodegenerative diseases. He currently works with Jennifer Yokoyama, PhD, and Howard Rosen, MD, to study the genetics of healthy aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

In his free time, Luke likes to ski, camp and hike.

Andreas Lazaris

Clinical Research Coordinator

Andreas graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with a B.A. degree in cognitive neuroscience. In his time at Berkeley, Andreas completed his honors thesis under Dr. Gil Rabinovici as an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of William Jagust, assessing the function of PET biomarkers in the diagnosis and disease course of Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. Andreas also worked as an undergraduate research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Liana Apostolova at the UCLA Mary S. Easton Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

Since graduating, Andreas has joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center as a Clinical Research Coordinator, working under Dr. Gil Rabinovici at the MAC and in the Jagust Lab at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. Andreas coordinates the group's PET imaging projects and clinical trials, focusing on clinical phenotypes of disease and their relation to FDG, amyloid, and tau PET imaging measures. Outside of the world of neurology, you can find Andreas riding his bike from cafe to cafe throughout the East Bay and catching a local live show whenever possible.

Peter Fonseca

Clinical Research Coordinator

Peter joined the Memory and Aging Center in July of 2014. He coordinates the study Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Imaging and Emotions. This observational study aims to better characterize neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia with the goal of developing better diagnostic tools for the diseases.

Samir Datta

Research Coordinator

Originally from San Jose California, Samir Datta graduated from Northwestern University in 2014 with a BA degree in cognitive science. He worked as a research assistant in an auditory research laboratory on two main projects: examining the variability of hearing thresholds at the lower end of the frequency range and exploring the effects of psychoacoustic training on otoacoustic emissions. Samir also volunteered in a visual cognition lab, assisting with the generation of visual stimuli for experiments. Samir has been with Dr. Howard Rosen’s lab as a research coordinator since July 2014, assisting with an emotional learning and insight study as well as writing scripts to expedite the data analysis. In his free time, Samir enjoys playing piano/guitar, cooking and spending time with his dogs.

Alainna Brown

Research Associate

Alainna graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014, where she studied neuroscience and biomedical physics. She joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in July 2014 and assists Dr. Suzee Lee in neuroimaging and genetic studies of rare dementias.

Lisa Kritikos

Research Coordinator

Lisa Kritikos joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2014. Her primary role is managing the New Approaches to Dementia Heterogeneity research, which follows patients with the goal of learning more about dementia to improve early detection and clinical care for patients as part of the UCSF Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

Natanya Russek

Research Coordinator

Natanya Russek graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2014 with a degree in neurobiology. At Wisconsin she contributed to research on the development of a stem cell therapy for stroke under the guidance of Dr. Matthew Jensen.

Natanya joined the Memory and Aging Center in May of 2014. She coordinates the study Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Imaging and Emotions. This observational study aims to better characterize neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia with the goal of developing better diagnostic tools for the diseases.

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