Ethics

People who primarily work in the legal, philosophical, and ethical areas of neurology and neuroscience.

Sang Ngo

Research Coordinator

Research was an integral part of Sang's undergraduate experience at Stanford University, where he spent four years studying dynamic stem cell behaviors and tumor development. Working at the bench ignited his curiosity to explore and solve difficult questions about the natural world.

Rea Antoniou

Associate Specialist

Rea obtained her BA degree in psychology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece). As a bachelor thesis student, she was introduced to the fascinating world of research by undertaking a behavioral study probing the association between cheating, creativity and moral reasoning. The question which psychological mechanisms tilt our moral compass sparked her interest. However, pieces were definitely missing from understanding such a perplex topic in depth.

Celeste Fong

Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Celeste earned her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While there, she took several philosophy courses, inspiring her interest in bioethics. Afterwards, Celeste enrolled in the Masters of Bioethics program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her thesis research consisted of examining ethical perspectives of identity in patients who had undergone deep brain stimulation for treatment resistant depression.

Heather Romero-Kornblum

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Heather Romero-Kornblum is an assistant clinical research coordinator in the UCSF Decision Lab, led by Dr. Winston Chiong. She is fascinated with the cognitive, attentional and perceptual processes that impact how we pursue goals and make choices. As a Haas Scholar and senior in UC Berkeley’s psychology department honors program, she conducted research on the effect of income inequality on regulatory focus – a psychological mechanism that seeks to explain how we pursue goals.

Madhu Manivannan

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Madhu is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator working in the UCSF Decision Lab with Dr. Winston Chiong. Madhu recently graduated from NYU with BA degrees in psychology and public health. As an undergraduate student, she worked as a research coordinator in Dr. Emily Balcetis’ Social Perception and Motivation Lab, and she completed her honors thesis studying the effects of health message framing on intentions to exercise.

Cailin Lechner

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from San Diego, Cailin graduated from UCLA in June 2017 with a bachelor of science degree in human biology and society, a unique major through which she studied how human health functions in both biological systems and larger societal contexts. Drawing from her concentration in bioethics, Cailin is broadly interested in promoting justice among vulnerable health populations.

Tobias Haeusermann

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Tobias Haeusermann is a Sociologist and Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCSF Decision Lab with Dr. Winston Chiong, where his research aims to understand the ethical concerns in existing clinical applications of closed-loop neuromodulation in epilepsy, movement disorders and mood disorders.

Krystal Karunungan

Research Coordinator

Krystal is a research coordinator in the Rabinovici lab, where she coordinates the IDEAS study as well as the Early Onset and Atypical Alzheimer’s Disease study.

Winston Chiong, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Winston Chiong is an Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Neurology Memory and Aging Center, and is principal investigator of the UCSF Decision Lab. His clinical practice focuses on Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia and other cognitive disorders of aging. His research has two main themes:

Jalayne Arias, JD

Assistant Professor
Atlantic Fellow at GBHI

Jalayne Arias received her undergraduate degree in international studies with a political science emphasis from Pepperdine University, her law degree from Arizona State University and her master’s degree in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University. After completing a Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic, she joined the Department of Bioethics as Associate Professional Staff and served as the Associate Director of the NeuroEthics Program at the Cleveland Clinic.