Pathology

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

Ian Oh

Staff Research Associate

Ian joined the Grinberg Lab in the fall of 2018 as an undergraduate research assistant due to his interest in neurodegeneration, following years of research experience in behavioral and molecular neuroscience. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2021 with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and Data Science, he continued his work at the lab as a full-time staff research associate.

Rakin Nasar

Staff Research Associate

Rakin is a Staff Research Associate in the Grinberg Lab. He received a BS degree in Biology at Wake Forest University and MS degree in Anatomy & Neurobiology at Boston University. His research area is neuropathology of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders

Jonathan Chen

Staff Research Associate

Jonathan graduated from UC Berkeley in 2018. He was first exposed to research was through UCSF's Diversity Scholar Program in the summer of 2015. Through this program, he received training in neuroscience lab techniques, computational science, and entrepreneurship. He joined the Grinberg Lab in fall 2015 as an undergraduate student. His goal is to pursue a medical career as a clinician in neurology.

Gowoon Son

Postdoctoral Fellow

Gowoon Son is a postdoctoral fellow in the Grinberg Lab.

Fattin Wekselman

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Fattin Wekselman received her BS degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Syiah Kuala in Indonesia. Following the 2004 tsunami, she joined the United Nations World Food Program and other NGOs to reunite families, organize the feeding of displaced people, train teachers and mothers, and assist families in rebuilding their independence. She has also worked with the French Engineering Consulting Firm SOGREAH, and in Sepon, Laos as the Sustainability and Community Development Manager at one of the largest gold and copper mines.

Ayesha Nanda

Autopsy Coordinator

Ayesha graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bsc degree in Psychological Sciences where she primarily involved herself in researching family relationships and COVID-19 tracing and public health interventions. While on campus, she was also involved in outreach through founding and leading her club, Women in Psychology.

Tia Lamore

Staff Research Associate

Tia graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 after completing a dual degree in Integrative Biology and Molecular Environmental Biology. She started her research journey in 2018 as a research assistant at the Grinberg Lab practicing various wet lab techniques and focusing on the locus coeruleus' role as a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease.

Maria Hunt

Administrative Manager, ND Brain Bank

Maria joined the Memory and Aging Center in February 2021 as Administrative Manager to provide operational, analytical and administrative support to the Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank. She has a BA degree in education, with minors in mathematics and Spanish literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the MAC, Maria managed education programs, business solutions and strategic initiatives in the healthcare, insurance and financial services industries, both nationally and internationally.

Athena Schlereth

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.

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