People

Hannah Ruben

Nurse Practitioner

Hannah earned her master’s degree in nursing from Yale University in 2021. She is a Board-Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with a particular interest in developmental pediatrics and palliative care. At the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, Hannah serves as a triage Registered Nurse in the care management of patients and patient families.

As a native to Northern California, Hannah is ecstatic to be able to serve her community and learn from the incredible clinicians and staff of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

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.

Rowan Saloner

Clinical Fellow

Rowan previously coordinated the Longitudinal Brain Aging Program from 2015–2017, and he returned to the MAC in 2021 to pursue a doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology under the mentorship of Dr. Joel Kramer.

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).

Alan Sani

Clinical Research Coordinator

Alan is an assistant clinical research coordinator supporting the MIND study and other projects in the Valcour Lab. He is a recent graduate from UC Davis where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology-organizational studies and a minor in public health.

Abhijit Satpati

Postdoctoral Fellow

Abhijit is a postdoctoral fellow in the Grinberg Lab.

Kristin Scheel

Field Research Coordinator

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.

Annie Sha

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Annie joined the Memory and Aging Center as an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in April 2020 and works on the FTD program project grant, Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Images and Emotions. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a double major in biology. During her time as an undergraduate, she was a part of the clinical geropsychology lab where she helped test a new measure of naming ability for older adults.

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