People

Ali 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 an 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.

Maryellen Barillas

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

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

John Best, MD

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

Morgan Blackburn

Clinical Research Coordinator

Morgan is a clinical research coordinator in the Rosen Lab.

Rian Bogley

Clinical Research Coordinator

Rian graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2018 with a BS degree in Biology. He is now a research coordinator in the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab and UCSF Dyslexia Center. At the Dyslexia Center, he works primarily on neuroimaging data as well as the adult dyslexia arm of the Dyslexia Phenotyping Project. At the ALBA Lab, he works closely with Dr. Zac Miller.

Valentina Borghesani, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Adam Boxer, MD, PhD

Professor

Adam L. Boxer, MD, PhD, is Endowed Professor in Memory and Aging in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He directs UCSF’s Neurosciences Clinical Research Unit and the Alzheimer’s Disease and Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) Clinical Trials Program at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Dr.

Nicole Boyd

Clinical Research Coordinator

Nicole Boyd is a clinical research coordinator in the Division of Geriatrics. She is working on a collaboration between the Memory and Aging Center and the Division of Geriatrics on a GBHI-funded project exploring the palliative care needs and challenges of people with dementia and their caregivers.

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