Sarah Kaufman, MD, PhD

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow
+1 415 353-2273
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Sarah Kaufman received her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, with a focus in Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her MD/PhD degrees through Washington University in St. Louis MSTP. Her graduate research focused on tau aggregation and tau strain biology in the laboratory of Marc Diamond. After completing her dual degree she began Neurology residency at the University of California, San Francisco. After graduation from residency, she will begin a research fellowship through the Memory and Aging Center, with joint mentorship in the Seeley and Kampmann laboratories.

Her ongoing research interests include understanding the mechanisms that underlie selective vulnerability in frontotemporal dementia and related neurodegenerative diseases.


Tau seeding in chronic traumatic encephalopathy parallels disease severity.

Acta neuropathologica

Kaufman SK, Svirsky S, Cherry JD, McKee AC, Diamond MI

Rebuttal to Drs. Grinberg and Heinsen.

Acta neuropathologica

Kaufman SK, Del Tredici K, Braak H, Diamond MI

Characterization of tau prion seeding activity and strains from formaldehyde-fixed tissue.

Acta neuropathologica communications

Kaufman SK, Thomas TL, Del Tredici K, Braak H, Diamond MI

Tau Prion Strains Dictate Patterns of Cell Pathology, Progression Rate, and Regional Vulnerability In Vivo.


Kaufman SK, Sanders DW, Thomas TL, Ruchinskas AJ, Vaquer-Alicea J, Sharma AM, Miller TM, Diamond MI

Distinct tau prion strains propagate in cells and mice and define different tauopathies.


Sanders DW, Kaufman SK, DeVos SL, Sharma AM, Mirbaha H, Li A, Barker SJ, Foley AC, Thorpe JR, Serpell LC, Miller TM, Grinberg LT, Seeley WW, Diamond MI

Prion-like propagation of protein aggregation and related therapeutic strategies.

Neurotherapeutics : the journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics

Kaufman SK, Diamond MI

Effects of sildenafil on nigrostriatal dopamine neurons in a murine model of Parkinson's disease.

Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD

Janis KL, Brennan RT, Drolet RE, Behrouz B, Kaufman SK, Lookingland KJ, Goudreau JL