People

Joseph Oh

Staff Research Associate

Joseph graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 with honors in molecular and cell biology (neurobiology). He began his research career in UCSF's Weill Institute for Neurosciences in Summer 2014 as a research assistant for Dr. William Seeley's Selective Vulnerability Research Lab. In Seeley’s lab, Joseph assisted with human brain banking and neuropathology studies of frontotemporal dementia.

Ian Oh

Staff Research Associate

Ian joined the Grinberg Lab in the fall of 2018 as an undergraduate research assistant due to his interest in neurodegeneration, following years of research experience in behavioral and molecular neuroscience. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2021 with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and Data Science, he continued his work at the lab as a full-time staff research associate.

Elise Ong

Clinical Research Coordinator

Elise Ong coordinates the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) for the Memory and Aging Center.

Eleanor Palser, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Palser joined the Clinical Affective Neuroscience (CAN) Lab in December 2018. Eleanor works with the UCSF Dyslexia Center, studying social and emotional processing in neurodevelopmental conditions, such as dyslexia and autism. To do this, she combines self-report, physiological and neuroimaging methods. Previously, she received a PhD degree in cognitive neuroscience from University College London.

Lorenzo Pasquini, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Lorenzo Pasquini joined the Seeley lab in November 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow. He graduated in Neuroscience and Public Health at the Ludwig-Maximilan University of Munich. He obtained a PhD degree from the Technical University of Munich, where he worked under the mentorship of Dr. Christian Sorg at the Neuroimaging Center, studying large-scale brain network dysfunctions in Alzheimer’s disease, with a specific focus on multimodal neuroimaging and intrinsic activity of the medial temporal lobes.

Bettina Pedemonte

Full Specialist

Bettina Pedemonte completed a PhD degree in mathematics in Italy at Genoa University and a PhD degree in mathematics education in France at Grenoble University. She has experience in teaching mathematics, in particular to students with learning disorders. She designed technological environments to support mathematical learning. Her research interests include understanding cognitive processes involved in solving mathematical problems and finding new teaching methods to support mathematical learning. Bettina joined UCSF in March 2018, specializing in designing a battery for dyscalculia.

Bradley Peet, MD

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

Christa Pereira, PsyD

Asst Adjunct Professor

Dr. Watson graduated from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology-Stanford PsyD Consortium in 2014. She has a background in psychology, developmental biology, neuroimaging and neuropsychology. Her research interests include brain development across the lifespan. She is currently working on dyslexia in the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab and a pediatric HIV brain imaging study with Dr. Victor Valcour

David Perry, MD

Associate Professor

Dr. Perry graduated from medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He completed an internship in internal medicine and residency in neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he also researched obsessive-compulsive features in dementia. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Memory and Aging Center and participates in the evaluation and treatment of patients in the MAC clinic.

His current area of research interest is the impact of neurodegenerative illness on reward processing.

Andrew Philipoff

Senior Systems Adminstrator

Andrew manages technological services for the Memory and Aging Center and the Global Brain Health Institute.

Tonya Piergies

Staff Research Associate

Tonya Pierges came to the Grinberg Lab in July 2019 as a Staff Research Associate. She recently graduated with a psychology major and neuroscience minor from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She has a long standing interest in behavioral neuroscience.

Katherine Possin, PhD

John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation Endowed Professorship
Associate Professor

Dr. Possin’s research program is focused on improving the detection, diagnosis and care for people with neurodegenerative disease. She has long-standing interests in understanding the cognitive impairments and their neural bases in neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body disease, Huntington’s disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and frontotemporal lobar degeneration.

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