Research Coordinator

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.

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.

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