People

James Qian

Clinical Research Coordinator

James was born and raised in Beijing, China. He graduated from Westmont College in December 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. His senior capstone project explored the effects of mindfulness meditation on people with mild cognitive impairment. 

After graduation, he worked as a program specialist at Friendship Center Adult Day Services in Santa Barbara, where he organized and led memory-strengthening activities for older adults with dementia.

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

Senior Psychometrist

Jennifer is the Senior Psychometrist of the Clinical Trials Program.

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.

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.

Oscar Robles-Archila

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Oscar is the Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator at the Yokoyama Lab. He supports the research focusing on the genetic, structural and cognitive characterization of Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia in Central and South American populations.

Salma Rocha

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Salma was born and raised in Orange County, California. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular and Cell Biology: Neurobiology and Spanish Linguistics. She is now working as an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator to aid with various studies related to Alzheimer's disease in the Rabinovici Lab.

Anne Marie Rodriguez

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Anne-Marie Rodriguez received her BS degree in biology & neuroscience and her BA degree in Spanish at the University of Portland. She works as an assistant clinical research coordinator for the Brain Health Assessment study with Dr. Katherine Possin. Anne-Marie’s interested in neurodegenerative diseases and TBIs, particularly working with the Spanish speaking population. 

In her free time, Anne-Marie enjoys wine-making and exploring the outdoors.

Julio Rojas-Martinez, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

Julio Rojas is a neurologist who specializes in dementia, caring for patients with cognitive difficulties or behavioral changes resulting from conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia (a form of dementia that causes cognitive defects and Parkinson’s-like symptoms), frontotemporal dementia (a common cause of dementia in younger adults that features behavioral changes) and progressive supranuclear pa

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