Research Coordinator

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.

Lynne Rosenberg

Clinical Research Coordinator

Lynne graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2014 with a BA degree in integrative biology. During her undergraduate career, she volunteered in Bob Knight’s Cognitive Neuroscience Lab studying the effects of frontal lobe damage on perception. She also spent time in Dan Geschwind’s Neurogenetics Lab at UCLA, investigating the genetic underpinnings of a neurodegenerative disorder.

Lynne began volunteering at the Memory and Aging Center in 2012 as a research assistant with Dr. Marilu Gorno-Tempini and the Language Neurobiology Lab investigating primary progressive aphasia. After graduating, she joined our team full time as a clinical research coordinator.

Emma Hare

Senior Research Coordinator

Emma is a senior research coordinator working on Dr. Boxer’s clinical trials and is the primary study coordinator for a phase I corticobasal syndrome and progressive supranuclear palsy treatment trial.

Noelle Ohanesian

Asst. Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from upstate New York, Noelle graduated from Duke University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and a history minor. While attending school, she worked as a research assistant in Duke's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, running a study examining the effects of acute stress on memory retention. She also spent a summer working for the Behavioral Lab in the Duke University Fuqua School of Business studying social mimicry in anorexic subjects. Outside of her academic interests, she worked as the Program Director of Duke’s backpacking organization, Project WILD, in which she directed one- and two-week backpacking programs for the freshmen class. Noelle joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in June 2014 as a member of the clinical trials team under Dr. Adam Boxer. She is a research coordinator for the asymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease trial.

Caitlin Glennon


Caitlin joined the Memory and Aging Center in March 2014. She is currently an analyst working on Dr. Boxer’s clinical trials and research studies. She previously worked in the Department of Neurology at UCSF with the Stroke Sciences Group on both industry and NIH-funded clinical trials.

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.

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