People

Taru Flagan

Research Scientist

Taru received a bachelor of science degree in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego and completed a PhD degree in psychology in the Self-Regulation Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. She joined the Dementia Imaging Genetics Lab in 2017 to support neuroimaging methods for understanding the underlying biology of genetic variants of frontotemporal dementia.

Jessica Foley, PhD, PsyD

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Jessica M Foley, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology

Celeste Fong

Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Celeste earned her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While there, she took several philosophy courses, inspiring her interest in bioethics. Afterwards, Celeste enrolled in the Masters of Bioethics program at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Her thesis research consisted of examining ethical perspectives of identity in patients who had undergone deep brain stimulation for treatment resistant depression.

Abby Fortier

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Abigail Fortier graduated from Yale University with bachelor’s degrees in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Psychology. Abby currently works with Dr. Christa Watson in the UCSF Dyslexia Center.

Adit Friedberg, MD

Specialist

Stephany Garcia

Assistant Research Coordinator

Stephany graduated from UC Riverside in 2017 with a BA degree in Psychology. At UC Riverside, Stephany was a research assistant, where she helped conduct research studies in the Childhood Cognition Lab within the Psychology Department. After graduating, she held various positions focusing on research, education and serving under-resourced communities.  

Now, Stephany is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in the UCSF ALBA Language and Neurobiology Lab run by Dr. Marilu Gorno Tempini.

Raquel Gardner, MD

Assoc Professor in Residence

As a board-certified neurologist, Dr. Gardner evaluates and treats patients with various neurological disorders and provides them with follow-up care. As a fellowship-trained behavioral neurologist, Dr. Gardner has specific expertise in the evaluation and management of patients with neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia and mild cognitive impairment.

Stephanie Gaus, PhD

Research Scientist

Stephanie joined the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Laboratory in October 2007 as an Associate Specialist. Her background is in sleep and circadian rhythms research, including neuroanatomy. She completed a doctorate in neurobiology (CB Saper, Harvard University), a master's in medical science (Harvard Medical School), and a postdoc focusing on narcolepsy (E Mignot, Stanford University/Howard Hughes Medical Institute).

Rosalie Gearhart, RN, MS, CS

Executive Nurse

Ms. Gearhart received her undergraduate degree in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She began her nursing career at Johns Hopkins Hospital where she worked in acute care on Osler 4 General Medicine. Ms. Gearhart continued working in general medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center where she was nurse manager. She received her master's degree in Nursing Administration at UCSF and is certified as a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurses Association Credentialing Center. 

Ethan Geier, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ethan is a postdoctoral scholar at the Memory and Aging Center interested in understanding how genetic variation contributes to the development of neurodegenerative disease. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology and earned a PhD degree in 2013 from the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco in the laboratory of Dr. Kathleen M. Giacomini.

Rose George

Director, Technical Operations

Rose George is a product manager and oversees the building of solutions and systems to support the Memory and Aging Center’s goal of providing model care for patients and their families, finding innovative ways to understand and hopefully cure these neurodegenerative diseases, and reaching out to the wider community to raise awareness about these diseases of aging.

Before joining the MAC, George worked in Silicon Valley, successfully launching and growing hardware and software products. She also brings extensive expertise in program and integration management.

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