Genetics

People who primarily investigate genes and inheritance patterns, counsel people about genetic testing and/or collect genetic specimens.

Argentina Lario Lago, PhD

Associate Specialist

Argentina Lario Lago is the Biospecimen & Genetics Programs Manager at the Memory and Aging Center. 

ANA TYLER

Program Manager

Ana Tyler, JD, MA, received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and her law degree with a concentration in health law and policy and master’s degree in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University. After completing a fellowship in Clinical Ethics from Sutter Health (California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco), she worked as a clinical ethicist at Beaumont Health in the metro Detroit, Michigan area.

Iris Broce-Diaz, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Broce is a postdoctoral scholar in the Yokoyama Lab at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and the Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Department at UCSF. Her research combines neuroimaging, genetics and computational methods to discover pathological mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative conditions.

Alyson Marcelo

Practice Coordinator

Alyson is a practice coordinator that handles many sub-specialty clinics for the MAC such as Huntington’s disease, movement disorders and genetics. She graduated from CSU Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in health science. She enjoys baking desserts, learning about the Korean culture and language, and has a passion for helping all those in need.

Liwen Zhang, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Liwen Zhang is a postdoctoral fellow in the Lee Dementia Imaging Genetics Lab.

William Mantyh, MD

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

With a background in healthcare economics in both in the US and rural Ecuador, neuropathic pain, and translational science research involving anti-nerve growth factor for bone cancer pain, Dr. Will Mantyh became engaged in team-based approaches to discover therapies for patients suffering from the epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease. After joining the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF, he is working under the mentorship of Dr. Gil Rabinovici and Dr.

Jessie Carr, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Carr is a postdoctoral fellow in the Yokoyama neurogenetics lab.

Sarat Vatsavayai, PhD

ASST RES-FY

Sarat Vatsavayai received an MSc degree in Human Genetics from Andhra University, India. He then did his doctoral work in the field of Huntington’s disease at the Open University, UK, where he was characterizing a novel mouse model and was trying to find out if DNA repeat instability could modify disease progression. In July 2013, he joined Dr. Seeley’s lab and is studying the molecular basis of C9ORF72 mutation in frontotemporal dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Ethan Geier, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ethan is a postdoctoral scholar at the Memory and Aging Center interested in understanding how genetic variation contributes to the development of neurodegenerative disease. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology and earned a PhD degree in 2013 from the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco in the laboratory of Dr. Kathleen M. Giacomini.

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