Language

People primarily focused on studying speech and language.

Sladjana Lukic, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sladjana is a postdoctoral scholar in the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She completed a BS degree in speech-language pathology from University of Belgrade, and she received her PhD and MA degrees from Northwestern University under the supervision of Dr. Cynthia K. Thompson.

Ariane Welch

Speech Language Pathologist

Ariane is a speech language pathologist from Australia. She performs diagnostic speech and language assessments for research participants with primary progressive aphasia (PPA), treats patients with PPA via our PPA Speech Therapy trial and researches the diagnosis and treatment of motor speech disorders in PPA. 

Marilu Gorno Tempini, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry

Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini is a behavioral neurologist and holds the Charles Schwab Endowed Professorship in Dyslexia and Neurodevelopment. She currently directs the Language Neurobiology Laboratory at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and co-directs the UCSF Dyslexia Center. She obtained her medical degree and clinical neurology specialty training in Italy and has a doctorate in the neuroimaging of language from University College London.

Zachary Miller, MD

Associate Professor

Dr. Zachary Miller grew up in the Washington DC metro area. He obtained an undergraduate degree double majoring in Molecular Biology and Fine Arts from Haverford College. Following this he spent two years as a research assistant at MIT’s Whitehead Institutes for Biomedical Research in Dr. Harvey Lodish’s lab. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and pursued medical internship as well as neurology residency training at the University of Washington.

Christa Pereira, PsyD

Asst Adjunct Professor

Dr. Watson graduated from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology-Stanford PsyD Consortium in 2014. She has a background in psychology, developmental biology, neuroimaging and neuropsychology. Her research interests include brain development across the lifespan. She is currently working on dyslexia in the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab and a pediatric HIV brain imaging study with Dr. Victor Valcour

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