People

Gloria Aguirre

Clinical Research Coordinator

To help increase diversity in the MAC research programs, Gloria coordinates and assesses Latino participants who join MAC research studies. She also participates in bilngual community outreach and educational events.

Maryana Alegro Ribeiro, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Alegro joined the Grinberg lab in 2015, where she uses her knowledge in image and signal processing for building computational tools to help improve the understanding of neurodegenerative diseases. She also works in building and testing prototype imaging equipment for the lab. Her major experience is in MRI and histological image processing and, more recently, polarized light imaging. Dr.

Mahnoor Allawala

Care Team Navigator

Born and raised in Pakistan, Mahnoor recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in neurobiology. She was exposed to research in the biological sciences for the first time as an undergraduate, which inspired her to get more involved. She started out working in the Flannery Lab at Berkeley with mouse models to understand retinal degeneration and possible gene therapies for treatment. She transitioned to the BAND Lab at UCSF to see the clinical side of research and helped run clinical trials to test the effects of oxytocin on social bonding in veterans with PTSD.

Carolina Alquezar Burillo, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Carolina Alquezar Burillo is a postdoctoral fellow in the Kao Lab.

Alexandra Apple, PhD, MS

Postdoctoral Fellow

Alexandra Apple is a neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Joel Kramer. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, studying the structural and functional markers of cancer-related cognitive impairment. Dr. Apple completed her internship at UCSF’s Clinical Psychology Training Program (CPTP) and is starting her postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Memory and Aging Center in 2019.

Andrea Argouarch

Assistant Specialist

Andrea Argouarch is an assistant specialist in the Kao Lab. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a MS degree in biomedical engineering and a specialization in stem cell research.

Jalayne Arias, JD

Assistant Professor
Atlantic Fellow at GBHI

Jalayne Arias received her undergraduate degree in international studies with a political science emphasis from Pepperdine University, her law degree from Arizona State University and her master’s degree in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University. After completing a Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics at the Cleveland Clinic, she joined the Department of Bioethics as Associate Professional Staff and served as the Associate Director of the NeuroEthics Program at the Cleveland Clinic.

Breton Asken, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Breton Asken, PhD, ATC, is a neuropsychology fellow at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the Department of Neurology. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013 with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Exercise & Sport Science – Athletic Training. He then completed his PhD degree in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology) at the University of Florida in 2019, which included a clinical internship at the Brown University Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program.

Lynn Bajorek

Research Coordinator

A Portland native, Lynn came to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley. She graduated in May 2016 with a degree in cognitive science and a concentration in cognitive neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she worked in the D’Esposito Lab on a project seeking to understand dopamine’s mediation of cognitive control and the contributions of dopamine deficiency to cognitive deficits in Parkinson’s disease.

Vera Bakman

Budget & Programs Officer, GBHI

Vera Bakman brings to the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) extensive experience working with international non-profit organizations focused on underserved populations. Her work is driven by a belief in basic human rights and the need to strive for equality of opportunity. She is a trilingual speaker of Russian, Spanish and English.

Maryellen Barillas

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Maryellen is an assistant clinical research coordinator for the MAC Clinical Trials program and Boxer lab.

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