Maison Abu Raya

Maison Abu Raya


Maison Abu Raya received her medical degree from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 2014. Maison completed her neurology residency at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera, Israel and passed the Israeli Neurology board exams with honors in 2019. She continued as an attending neurologist at the neurology department. In 2021, Maison joined the Stroke and Cognition Clinic at Rambam Health Care Campus as an attending physician and clinical fellow.

Gloria Aguirre

Gloria Annette Aguirre

Community Engagement Manager and Creative Minds Artistic Director

Gloria Aguirre is an artist and community advocate who joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2019. She is an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity based at George Washington University in Washington D.C. and serves as Artistic Director of Creative Minds, the San Francisco community arts for brain health initiative, and Community Engagement Manager for the Community Outreach Program at the MAC.

Cecilia Marie Alagappan


Cecilia Alagappan has been at UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC) since 2011 and is a clinical and research nurse. She has over 30 years of nursing experience caring for elderly patients with various medical conditions, including those with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, cardiac disease and cancers needing home infusion therapy and pain management. As a nurse educator in a home care agency, Cecilia trained caregivers to care for patients with dementia, including assisting the family with behavior management and activities of daily living.

Janet Allen-Williams

Academic Assistant

Janet Allen-Williams joined the UCSF Department of Neurology in 2015. Since April 2023, Janet has been serving as an Academic Assistant for the Memory and Aging Center, providing Academic Core Team services for the education team.

Alinda Amuiri

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Jorge Archila Puac


Jorge Archila is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator at the Memory and Aging Center in the Department of Neurology at the University of San Francisco, California. He has a BS degree in psychology and BA degree in psychopedagogy. He is a Bilingual Certified Specialist in Psychometry.

Jorge moved from Guatemala in 2011 and began working in psychometry, administering psychological test batteries in English and Spanish in a neuropsychological private practice in San Francisco.

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.

Kelly Atkins

Neuropsychology Fellow

Dr. Kelly Atkins is a Clinical Neuropsychologist from Melbourne Australia, completing postdoctoral research at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the Department of Neurology. She graduated from Monash University in 2021 with a doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology and completed her registrar training at St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, before moving to Weill Cornell Medicine on a postdoctoral Fulbright Fellowship. Kelly's research interests focus on the measurement of cognitive and neuropsychiatric changes in people with atypical neurodegenerative conditions.

David Baquirin

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

David received his BA degree in Neurobiology from UC Berkeley. Before joining the ALBA Lab, he was the Sleep Data Research Coordinator for the Richards lab at the San Francisco VA. Outside of research, he has experience as a medical scribe and an after-school teacher. In his free time, he enjoys watching basketball and dancing.

Michelle Barclay

Program Manager, Care Ecosystem

Michelle received her master’s degree in Lifespan Developmental Psychology with a specialization in Gerontology from Louisiana State University. She has over 25 years of experience working with people with dementia and their care partners as a researcher, consultant, educator and program planner. Her areas of expertise include timely detection, early intervention and improving health care quality for people with dementia.