People

Caroline Prioleau

Writer & Designer

Caroline Prioleau writes and designs content for the Memory and Aging Center. She is interested in using design and technology to share complex information and facilitate collaborations across clinical, research and non-medical groups. She also co-leads an oral history project, hear/say, that focuses on collecting personal stories about the experience of aging, dementia and caregiving.

Stephanie Pun

Clinical Social Worker

Stephanie earned her master’s degree in social work from San Jose State University in 2019. Prior to joining the Memory and Aging Center, Stephanie was a social worker with the HUD-VASH program at the VA Medical Center where she worked with homeless veterans to address issues related to housing, mental health and substance use disorders.

Kyle Pusateri, MA, MPH

Chief Operations Officer, GBHI

Kyle Pusateri is the Chief Operations Officer at GBHI, where he oversees the complex administrative components of GBHI, helping to ensure that the Institute is able to fulfill its mission of reducing the scale and impact of dementia worldwide.

Ting Qi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ting is a postodoctoral fellow in the ALBA Lab.

Gil Rabinovici, MD

Professor

Dr. Rabinovici is the Edward Fein and Pearl Landrith Endowed Professor in Memory & Aging. He received his BS degree from Stanford University and MD from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Stanford University, neurology residency (and chief residency) at UCSF and a behavioral neurology fellowship at the Memory and Aging Center (MAC).

Kamalini Ranasinghe, MBBS, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kamalini Ranasinghe received her medical degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and completed her internship training in general medicine and general surgery. She earned her doctorate degree in Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas, under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Kilgard.

Katherine Rankin, PhD

Professor & Neuropsychologist

Dr. Kate Rankin is a professor in the UCSF Department of Neurology who specializes in the neuropsychological, neuroanatomic and genetic underpinnings of human socioemotional behavior in healthy aging and neurodegenerative disease. She studied psychology at Yale for her undergraduate work and received graduate degrees from Fuller School of Psychology in Pasadena, including her PhD degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in theology.

Buddhika Ratnasiri

Clinical Research Coordinator

Buddhika began working at the Memory and Aging Center as an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator with the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab, shortly after graduating with a degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2020. He helps coordinate the Project Programs Grant, a longitudinal study collecting behavioral and brain imaging measures on patients with primary progressive aphasia (PPA).

Jennifer Richards

Research Coordinator

Jennifer Richards is a Psychometrist in Clinical Trials at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

Gwen Rijpma

Associate Specialist

Myrthe Rijpma is a visiting scholar from the Netherlands. She obtained her bachelor degree in clinical and neuropsychology in 2015, and she is currently working on her master in neuropsychology at the University of Utrecht. Myrthe joined the Rankin lab in March 2017 because of her interest in understanding changes in neural networks in neurodegenerative diseases. Her goal is to acquire a better understanding on how the brain is made up, and eventually contribute to developing better treatment.

James Rini, MD, MPH

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

James Fraser Rini, MD, MPH. is a behavioral neurology fellow at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the Department of Neurology. He completed his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University in 2008, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in neuroscience and psychology. James then completed his MD and MPH degrees at New York Medical College in 2015. He completed his intern year in medicine at the University of South Alabama, and most recently, he finished his residency in neurology at the University of South Alabama in 2019.

Joanne Robinson-Teran

Care Team Navigator

Joanne received her bachelor’s degrees in gerontology and psychology and master’s degree in counseling at California State University, Sacramento.

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