People

Anne Marie Rodriguez

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Anne-Marie Rodriguez received her BS degree in biology & neuroscience and her BA degree in Spanish at the University of Portland. She works as an assistant clinical research coordinator for the Brain Health Assessment study with Dr. Katherine Possin. Anne-Marie’s interested in neurodegenerative diseases and TBIs, particularly working with the Spanish speaking population. 

In her free time, Anne-Marie enjoys wine-making and exploring the outdoors.

Julio Rojas-Martinez, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Julio Rojas is a neurologist who specializes in dementia, caring for patients with cognitive difficulties or behavioral changes resulting from conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia (a form of dementia that causes cognitive defects and Parkinson’s-like symptoms), frontotemporal dementia (a common cause of dementia in younger adults that features behavioral changes) and progressive supranuclear pa

Lisa Romero

Asst. Clinical Research Coordinator

Lisa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she participated in neurodegenerative disease research with Penn’s Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research and Columbia University’s Taub Institute. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Lisa is proud to serve the UCSF community as a clinical research coordinator on the Boxer Clinical Trials team.

Howie Rosen, MD

Professor

Dr. Rosen is a behavioral neurologist and holds the Dorothy Kirsten French Foundation Endowed Professorship for Parkinsonian and Other Neurodegenerative Disorders. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, trained in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and subsequently completed a neurology residency at UCSF. After residency, Dr. Rosen pursued fellowship training in brain imaging at the Washington University School of Medicine, and then returned to UCSF to join the team at the Memory and Aging Center (MAC) in 1999.

Ashlin Roy

Research Data Analyst

Ashlin earned his bachelor of science degree in psychology at the University of Oregon in 2016. As an undergraduate, he assisted in several labs that study the neurobiological basis of behavior. After graduating, Ashlin worked as a lab manager at the University of Massachusetts Boston for Dr. Keith Welker and Dr. Rhiana Wegner. Currently, Ashlin is a data analyst at UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center for Dr. Virginia Sturm and Dr. David Perry.

Cande Salazar

ADRC Data Coordinator

Cande joined the Memory and Aging Center as the ADRC Data Coordinator in August 2017. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a minor in human development. During her time as an undergraduate, she interned at the UC Davis MIND Institute where she assisted in the Infant Sibling Study for the early detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To gain further research experience, she took a position as a research assistant at the Developmental Research Center at UC Davis.

Paul Sampognaro, MD

HS Clinical Instructor

Dr. Sampognaro majored in neurobiology as an undergrad at Georgetown University. There, he worked as a research assistant in the laboratory of Maria Donoghue, studying the molecular underpinnings of Eph/ephrin signaling and its role in cortical neuronal development. After college, he matriculated to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he earned his MD and worked part-time in Charlotte Sumner’s laboratory, quantifying the degree of SMN1 insufficiency in humans with spinal muscular atrophy.

Niyatee Samudra

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

Dr. Niyatee Samudra is a clinical behavioral neurology fellow at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She completed her medical degree and neurology residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. This was followed by a two-year epilepsy/clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Clara Sanches

Postdoctoral Fellow

Movements are files of a person’s life, learned, reproduced, and altered as needed. There are external movements, those that make us act on objects and internal movements, and energy that we use in space and time. Clara’s interest in the body as a ‘depository of human expressiveness’ led her to a degree in Psychomotor Therapy with a master’s specialization in old age and mental health (University of Lisbon).

Alejandra Sanchez Lopez, MD

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

Dr. Alejandra Sanchez-Lopez is a geriatrician and behavioral neurology clinical fellow at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She completed her medical degree at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in Tijuana, Mexico. She did her residency in internal medicine and a year as chief resident at Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in The Bronx.

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.

Bill Seeley, MD

Professor

Dr. Seeley attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, where he first encountered patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in 1999, during a research elective with Dr. Bruce Miller. He completed a neurology residency at Harvard Medical School, training at the Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women's Hospitals. Returning to UCSF for a Behavioral Neurology fellowship, Dr.

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