Jessica Deleon, MD

Assistant Professor
Fields of Interest: 

Dr. Jessica de Leon received her undergraduate degrees in neuroscience and Spanish at the Johns Hopkins University and an MD with thesis degree at UCSF. She then completed a medicine internship and neurology residency at UCSF, where she served as chief resident. She is currently an assistant professor at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC), where she focuses on care of patients with cognitive decline and dementia, including primary progressive aphasia, frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer's dementia. She also evaluates participants through the UCSF Dyslexia Center and sees patients at the Geriatrics Neurology Center at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. de Leon is a member of the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab. She studies how bilingualism, language background and genetics affect the symptoms of language disorders, using primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and dyslexia as models. She also has an interest in the socioeconomic factors that influence dementia care.

Publications: 

Tonal and orthographic analysis in a Cantonese-speaking individual with nonfluent/agrammatic variant primary progressive aphasia.

Neurocase

Tee BL, Deleon J, Chen Li Ying LK, Miller BL, Y Lo R, Europa E, Sudarsan S, Grasso S, Gorno-Tempini ML

Functional and morphological correlates of developmental dyslexia: A multimodal investigation of the ventral occipitotemporal cortex.

Journal of neuroimaging : official journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging

Borghesani V, Wang C, Watson C, Bouhali F, Caverzasi E, Battistella G, Bogley R, Yabut NA, Deleon J, Miller ZA, Hoeft F, Mandelli ML, Gorno-Tempini ML

Dissociating nouns and verbs in temporal and perisylvian networks: Evidence from neurodegenerative diseases.

Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior

Lukic S, Borghesani V, Weis E, Welch A, Bogley R, Neuhaus J, Deleon J, Miller ZA, Kramer JH, Miller BL, Dronkers NF, Gorno-Tempini ML

Enhanced visceromotor emotional reactivity in dyslexia and its relation to salience network connectivity.

Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior

Sturm VE, Roy ARK, Datta S, Wang C, Sible IJ, Holley SR, Watson C, Palser ER, Morris NA, Battistella G, Rah E, Meyer M, Pakvasa M, Mandelli ML, Deleon J, Hoeft F, Caverzasi E, Miller ZA, Shapiro KA, Hendren R, Miller BL, Gorno-Tempini ML

Effects of bilingualism on age at onset in two clinical Alzheimer's disease variants.

Alzheimer's & dementia : the journal of the Alzheimer's Association

de Leon J, Grasso SM, Welch A, Miller Z, Shwe W, Rabinovici GD, Miller BL, Henry ML, Gorno-Tempini ML

Speech production differences in English and Italian speakers with nonfluent variant PPA.

Neurology

Canu E, Agosta F, Battistella G, Spinelli EG, DeLeon J, Welch AE, Mandelli ML, Hubbard HI, Moro A, Magnani G, Cappa SF, Miller BL, Filippi M, Gorno-Tempini ML

Task-Free Functional Language Networks: Reproducibility and Clinical Application.

The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience

Battistella G, Borghesani V, Henry M, Shwe W, Lauricella M, Miller Z, Deleon J, Miller BL, Dronkers N, Brambati SM, Seeley WW, Mandelli ML, Gorno-Tempini ML

Verbal Semantics and the Left Dorsolateral Anterior Temporal Lobe: A Longitudinal Case of Bilateral Temporal Degeneration.

Aphasiology

Vonk JMJ, Borghesani V, Battistella G, Younes K, DeLeon J, Welch A, Hubbard HI, Miller ZA, Miller BL, Gorno-Tempini ML

Atypical clinical features associated with mixed pathology in a case of non-fluent variant primary progressive aphasia.

Neurocase

De Leon J, Mandelli ML, Nolan A, Miller ZA, Mead C, Watson C, Welch AE, Henry ML, Bourakova V, La Joie R, Bajorek LP, Grinberg L, Rabinovici G, Miller BL, Gorno-Tempini ML

Differential intrinsic functional connectivity changes in semantic variant primary progressive aphasia.

NeuroImage. Clinical

Battistella G, Henry M, Gesierich B, Wilson SM, Borghesani V, Shwe W, Miller Z, Deleon J, Miller BL, Jovicich J, Papinutto N, Dronkers NF, Seeley WW, Mandelli ML, Gorno-Tempini ML

Altered topology of the functional speech production network in non-fluent/agrammatic variant of PPA.

Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior

Mandelli ML, Welch AE, Vilaplana E, Watson C, Battistella G, Brown JA, Possin KL, Hubbard HI, Miller ZA, Henry ML, Marx GA, Santos-Santos MA, Bajorek LP, Fortea J, Boxer A, Rabinovici G, Lee S, Deleon J, Rosen HJ, Miller BL, Seeley WW, Gorno-Tempini ML

Frontotemporal dementia.

Handbook of clinical neurology

Deleon J, Miller BL

Defects of mutant DNMT1 are linked to a spectrum of neurological disorders.

Brain : a journal of neurology

Baets J, Duan X, Wu Y, Smith G, Seeley WW, Mademan I, McGrath NM, Beadell NC, Khoury J, Botuyan MV, Mer G, Worrell GA, Hojo K, DeLeon J, Laura M, Liu YT, Senderek J, Weis J, Van den Bergh P, Merrill SL, Reilly MM, Houlden H, Grossman M, Scherer SS, De Jonghe P, Dyck PJ, Klein CJ

Elicitation of specific syntactic structures in primary progressive aphasia.

Brain and language

Deleon J, Gesierich B, Besbris M, Ogar J, Henry ML, Miller BL, Gorno-Tempini ML, Wilson SM

Syntactic processing depends on dorsal language tracts.

Neuron

Wilson SM, Galantucci S, Tartaglia MC, Rising K, Patterson DK, Henry ML, Ogar JM, DeLeon J, Miller BL, Gorno-Tempini ML

Adult glial precursor proliferation in mutant SOD1G93A mice.

Glia

Magnus T, Carmen J, Deleon J, Xue H, Pardo AC, Lepore AC, Mattson MP, Rao MS, Maragakis NJ

Neural regions essential for distinct cognitive processes underlying picture naming.

Brain : a journal of neurology

DeLeon J, Gottesman RF, Kleinman JT, Newhart M, Davis C, Heidler-Gary J, Lee A, Hillis AE