People

Mary Koestler, RN, PhD

Project Administrator and Trials Nurse

Mary Koestler joined the Memory and Aging Center’s clinical trials unit as project administrator and trials nurse in July 2007. Dr. Koestler completed a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in clinical research management at UCSF followed by a PhD degree. She currently manages industry-sponsored FDA Phase I-III Alzheimer’s disease trials. Dr. Koestler is credentialed by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

Joel Kramer, PsyD

Director of Neuropsychology

Dr. Kramer is a Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurology, the Director of the Memory and Aging Center Neuropsychology program, and the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation Endowed Professor at UCSF. He earned his doctorate in psychology at Baylor University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Martinez VA hospital. Dr. Kramer is board certified in clinical neuropsychology.

Lisa Kritikos, RN

Nurse Practitioner

Lisa is a nurse practitioner in the Memory and Aging Center

Renaud La Joie, PhD

Asst Professor in Residence

Renaud La Joie originally studied medicine in his native Normandy before graduating with a master’s degree in neuroscience from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. He then pursued a PhD degree in neuropsychology with Gael Chételat and Béatrice Desgranges, where he studied Alzheimer's disease using multimodal PET and MRI imaging. Dr. La Joie then spent a year with Dr. William Jagust at the University of California, Berkeley before joining Dr. Gil Rabinovici’s lab at the Memory and Aging Center in March 2016.

Tia Lamore

Staff Research Associate

Tia graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 after completing a dual degree in Integrative Biology and Molecular Environmental Biology. She started her research journey in 2018 as a research assistant at the Grinberg Lab practicing various wet lab techniques and focusing on the locus coeruleus' role as a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease.

Serggio Lanata, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

Dr. Serggio Lanata was raised in Peru, where he began his undergraduate studies in general science. He later earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Florida. He obtained his medical degree from the University of South Florida and then completed his medicine internship and neurology residency at Brown University. He joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2013 as a Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow.

Argentina Lario Lago, PhD

Specialist

Argentina Lario Lago is the Biospecimen & Genetics Programs Manager at the Memory and Aging Center. 

Eva Larsen

Histology Lab Assistant

Eva is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley (class of 2020), where she is currently majoring in molecular and cellular biology with a concentration in neuroscience. In high school, Eva worked as a lab assistant at the Bankiewicz Lab for Translational Neuroscience Research. Eva joined the Grinberg Lab in Summer 2017 as a work-study student and is going to be working as a lab assistant. She intends to pursue a career in the medical field.

Camellia Latta

Alumni Relations Manager

Camellia Latta is the Alumni Relations Manager at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI). She is based out of the University of California, San Francisco and co-leads alumni engagement efforts to build robust opportunities for learning, cross-cohort connections and collaboration for Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health. Camellia works to foster a dynamic global network of leaders from GBHI as part of the Atlantic Fellows family.

Michael Lauricella

Research Coordinator

Michael graduated from Harvard College in May 2017 with a BA degree, having majored in human developmental and regenerative biology and minored in English. During college, he worked at the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology (HSCRB) in the Eggan Lab under the supervision of Aaron Burberry. Using cell-based models, Michael’s research in college focused on finding the causal relationship between a mutation in the C9ORF72 gene, neuroinflammation and ALS-FTLD.

Michael Le

Clinical Research Coordinator

Michael is a clinical research coordinator for Dr. Christine Walsh's Sleep and Cognition in Older Adults study.

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