Language

People primarily focused on studying speech and language.

Carly Miller

Research Speech-Language Pathologist

Carly is a speech-language pathologist at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab led by Dr. Marilu Gorno Tempini. Prior to joining the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2019, she worked at the Centre for Neuro Skills, a post-acute rehabilitation center for patients with traumatic and acquired brain injuries.

Eleanor Palser, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Palser joined the Clinical Affective Neuroscience (CAN) Lab in December 2018. Eleanor works with the UCSF Dyslexia Center, studying social and emotional processing in neurodevelopmental conditions, such as dyslexia and autism. To do this, she combines self-report, physiological and neuroimaging methods. Previously, she received a PhD degree in cognitive neuroscience from University College London.

Nicole Yabut

Clinical Research Coordinator

Nicole graduated from UC Davis in 2015 with an AB degree in psychology. Before joining the Alba Lab in 2018, Nicole worked with Dr. Jeffrey Sall in the UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care and Dr. Simona Ghetti in the UC Davis Memory and Development Lab to investigate the relationship between anesthesia exposure and recognition memory in children. She is interested in studying the conditions that modulate the limitations of cognitive and perceptual processes.

Liz Weis

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Liz graduated in December 2016 from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA degree in psychology and neuroscience. She has a background in collecting and analyzing electroencephalogram data and working in a clinical setting with all age groups. Liz joined the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab in May 2018 and is working as a research coordinator for Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini.

Michael Lauricella

Research Coordinator

Michael graduated from Harvard College in May 2017 with a BA degree, having majored in human developmental and regenerative biology and minored in English. During college, he worked at the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (HSCRB) in the Eggan Lab under the supervision of Aaron Burberry. Using cell-based models, Michael’s research in college focused on finding the causal relationship between a mutation in the C9ORF72 gene, neuroinflammation and ALS-FTLD.

Eduardo Europa, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Investigates the neurobiological mechanisms of language processing in neurodegenerative disease using multimodal imaging, and collaborates with UT Austin’s Aphasia Research and Treatment Laboratory to explore treatment-induced neural and behavioral changes in primary progressive aphasia (PPA).

Malu Mandelli, PhD

Assistant Professional Researcher

Maria Luisa Mandelli leads the neuroimaging research within the language team of the Memory and Aging Center. Her research focuses on neuroanatomical changes caused by language and other neurodegenerative disorders. She has been working on brain magnetic resonance imaging for the past ten years, with the goal of better understanding of how the brain develops, changes over time, and how it makes us who we are.

Jessica Deleon, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jessica de Leon received her undergraduate degrees in neuroscience and Spanish at the Johns Hopkins University and an MD with thesis degree at UCSF. She then completed a medicine internship and neurology residency at UCSF, where she served as chief resident.

Valentina Borghesani, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Valentina Borghesani is a postdoctoral fellow in the ALBA Language Lab.

Giovanni Battistella, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Giovanni is a biomedical engineer in the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab with a strong background in image and signal processing, computational and cognitive neuroscience, and imaging genetics.

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