Pathology

People who work primarily with cell and tissue samples or facilitate brain donation and autopsy.

Athena Schlereth

Assistant Autopsy Coordinator

Athena studied Integrative Biology and Classics at UC Berkeley. She was involved in archaeological research and assisted the excavation of a prehistoric cemetery in Greece. On campus, she was a volunteer EMT and worked as a chef for her housing cooperative. Her experiences volunteering in hospice and nursing facilities led her to the Memory and Aging Center, where she assists patients, families, and caregivers with the autopsy program.

Caroline Lew, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Caroline Lew is human comparative neuroanatomist, and received her PhD degree from UC San Diego in 2018. Her doctoral work utilized quantitative stereological methods in postmortem human brains to examine microstructural differences in limbic structures of neurodevelopmental disorders with atypical sociobehavioral phenotypes.

Tonya Piergies

Staff Research Associate

Tonya Pierges came to the Grinberg Lab in July 2019 as a Staff Research Associate. She recently graduated with a psychology major and neuroscience minor from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She has a long standing interest in behavioral neuroscience.

Deion Cuevas

Staff Research Associate

Deion joined the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Lab in 2019 as a research associate and assists with immunohistochemistry, cryosectioning and the brain bank for various projects. He received his BS degree in biology and BA degree in anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. During his time there, he was a lab assistant in the Lab for Human Comparative Neuroanatomy where he studied neurodevelopmental disorders. He focused on the GABAergic system within the striatum in postmortem human individuals with Williams Syndrome.

Song Hua Li

Staff Research Associate

Song Hua Li has a BS degree in biotechnology from UC Davis and has been working as a histotechnologist since 2015. She joined the Grinberg Lab in June 2019 and runs the histology experiments.

Mihovil Mladinov, MD, PhD

Associate Specialist

Mihovil is an associate specialist in the Grinberg Lab from the University of Tubingen in Germany. He is a psychiatrist and completed a PhD degree in neuroanatomy of the dopaminergic system. Mihovil has been working in finding out how certain hypothalamic nuclei degenerate in tauopathies and contribute to sleep dysfunction.

Geovanni Zepeda

Lab Assistant

Geovanni is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley majoring in molecular and cell biology with an emphasis in neurobiology. Geovanni joined the Seeley Lab in February 2019 as a lab assistant. He assists with the preparation and embedding of tissues in paraffin wax, S-block pre-preps and categorization of photographs of postmortem brain tissue slabs, among other general tasks.

Emma Eppley

Assistant Autopsy Coordinator
Administrative Assistant to Dr. William Seeley

Emma received her BA degree in biology from Swarthmore College in 2017. While at Swarthmore, she developed an interest in public health, which lead to her research on methods used by medical professionals to combat the stigma of schizophrenia in Valparaíso, Chile. After working as a medical scribe at CityMD in New York City for one year, she returned to her native Bay Area. At the Memory and Aging Center, Emma assists families with the donation process and acts as Dr. Bill Seeley’s administrative assistant.

Rana Eser

Lab Manager

Rana graduated from UC Berkeley (2018) with a BA degree in molecular and cellular biology with an emphasis in neuroscience. Rana started volunteering at the MAC in fall 2014, where she joined the Grinberg lab researching the pathology of tauopathies. Her research focused on investigating the selective vulnerability of brainstem regions of various dementias. Rana now continues to work in the Grinberg lab as the lab manager and is continuing her investigation in the effect of dementia on the brainstem.

Alexander Ehrenberg

Staff Research Associate

Alex started at UCSF in Spring 2012 as an intern under Dr. Pierre-Antoine Gourraud in the Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Research Lab. In 2013, he joined UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center as a staff member under the mentorship of neuropathologist, Prof. Lea T. Grinberg. There, he developed his interests in neurodegenerative diseases, specifically selective vulnerability and resilience at the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and the neuropsychiatric manifestations associated with those stages. Beginning in 2015, he also joined Dr.

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