People

Amanda Li

Clinical Social Worker

As a social worker at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center Clinic, Amanda Li assists with brief psychotherapy, resource coordination and education, and psychosocial assessment to work with the multidisciplinary team with identifying areas of support that she can provide and areas of strength/growth for patients and their families.

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.

Abigail Licata

Staff Research Associate

Abigail Licata is a research associate within the  ALBA Language Neurobiology laboratory, focused on neuroimaging of PPA and dyslexia. She completed her BS degree in neuroscience and examined preliterate assessment of dyslexia and sound symbolism. Her MSc degree in neuro-cognitive psychology centered around a multi-modal analysis of primary progressive aphasia (PPA) within a German cohort.

Kevin Lieu

Research Coordinator

Kevin was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He attended UC Davis and graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in neurobiology, physiology and behavior and a bachelors’ of arts degree in psychology. Before joining the Memory and Aging Center, Kevin volunteered at On Lok Lifeways and interacted with Chinese elders in Chinatown. He is currently a research coordinator for the UCSF Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. He coordinates visits for the Cantonese- and English-speaking Chinese participants.

Cutter Lindbergh, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Lindbergh is a neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Joel Kramer.

Amy Liu, PharmD

Pharmacy Resident

Amy Liu is a Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Katherine Possin and Dr. Kirby Lee on the Care Ecosystem team. Her research interests include geriatric pharmacotherapy and medication management. She hopes to pursue a career in clinical pharmacology for neurodegenerative diseases drug development.

Peter Ljubenkov, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Peter A. Ljubenkov is a behavioral neurologist at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and specializes in caring for patients experiencing memory, language and behavioral changes due to neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and other causes of dementia.

Lucia Lopez

Research Coordinator

Lucia Lopez received her BA degree in psychology from San Francisco State University. Her interests consist of the behavioral and physiological aspect of psychology as well as the connection between the mind and behavior. She joined the Rankin lab in July 2014 as a research assistant and has been working on a Psychosis project with Dr. Rankin alongside additional projects such as data entry and the transcription of video data.

In her spare time, Lucia enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, trying cultural cuisines and watching films.

Diego Lorca Puls

Postdoctoral Fellow

Diego is a postodoctoral fellow in the ALBA Lab.

Malu Mandelli, PhD

Assistant Professional Researcher

Maria Luisa Mandelli leads the neuroimaging research within the language team of the Memory and Aging Center. Her research focuses on neuroanatomical changes caused by language and other neurodegenerative disorders. She has been working on brain magnetic resonance imaging for the past ten years, with the goal of better understanding of how the brain develops, changes over time, and how it makes us who we are.

Alyson Marcelo

Practice Coordinator

Alyson is a practice coordinator that handles many sub-specialty clinics for the MAC such as Huntington’s disease, movement disorders and genetics. She graduated from CSU Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in health science. She enjoys baking desserts, learning about the Korean culture and language, and has a passion for helping all those in need.

Austin Marrazza

Research Study Coordinator

Austin is a clinical research coordinator in the Boxer Lab. He is looking forward to applying to PhD programs in cognitive neuroscience. He previously worked in the Hallquist Lab and Perez-Edgar Lab at Pennsylvania State University as an undergraduate research assistant, as well as summer internships at Celgene.

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