People

Daven Crossland

Clinical Research Coordinator

Daven Crossland is a clinical research coordinator with the Geschwind Lab at the Memory and Aging Center. He currently oversees studies involving spinocerebellar ataxia and provides assistance with studies involving Huntington’s disease and multiple systems atrophy. When not working on research, Daven enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, running or playing soccer. Daven also enjoys playing a variety of musical instruments.

Deion Cuevas

Staff Research Associate

Deion joined the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Lab in 2019 as a research associate and assists with immunohistochemistry, cryosectioning and the brain bank for various projects. He received his BS degree in biology and BA degree in anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. During his time there, he was a lab assistant in the Lab for Human Comparative Neuroanatomy where he studied neurodevelopmental disorders. He focused on the GABAergic system within the striatum in postmortem human individuals with Williams Syndrome.

Mary De May, MD

Hellman Master Clinician

Dr. Mary De May received her medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She completed an internship in medicine and psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and subsequently did her psychiatry residency and fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. She joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2000, where she is the center’s Hellman Master Clinician and the Hellman Family Distinguished Professor of Neurology.

Mary Joanne De Torres

Lab Assistant

Joanne graduated from San Francisco State University with a BS degree in microbiology and is pursuing Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) in the Kao Lab at UC San Francisco. She also helps manage the Biospecimens Core.

Jessica Deleon, MD

Assistant Professor

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.

Nina Djukic

Research Coordinator

Nina Djukic graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2018 with a BS degree in Environmental Health & Communications. She currently works with Dr. Joel Kramer, coordinating the Aging & Cognitive Decline project, a longitudinal study to identify the cognitive mechanisms and neural structures that underlie aging-related declines in executive functioning. She is also the study coordinator for Dr.

Sarah Dulaney, RN

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Sarah Dulaney earned a master of science degree in gerontological nursing at UCSF and is certified as a Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Morgan Ebbert

Clinical Research Coordinator

Morgan is an assistant clinical research coordinator at the UCSF Dyslexia Center.

Amy Egan

Senior Software Engineer

Ola Egu

Clinical Research Coordinator

Ola Egu graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 and double-majored in molecular and cellular biology and African American studies. She hopes to use her majors to advance the field of science and medicine for under-served communities in the future. She joined the MAC as a research coordinator on Dr. Joel Kramer’s team studying healthy aging.

Alexander Ehrenberg

Staff Research Associate

Alex started at the Memory and Aging Center as a staff researcher in the lab of Prof. Lea T. Grinberg in 2013. There, he developed interests in the factors that influence selective vulnerability and resilience at the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and the neuropsychiatric manifestations associated with those stages. He now has dual roles as a researcher in the Grinberg lab and as a Ph.D. candidate in the Dept. of Integrative Biology in the lab of Prof. Daniela Kaufer at UC Berkeley's Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute.

Fanny Elahi, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Fanny Elahi is a board-certified neurologist with specific expertise in the evaluation and management of patients with cognitive and behavioral disorders due to degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. She completed her bachelor's degree at Columbia University, her MD from Icahn School of Medicine, at Mount Sinai, and her DPhil from Oxford University.

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