People

Julia Glueck

Clinical Research Coordinator

Julia Glueck is a clinical research coordinator working on the Huntington’s disease (HD) and spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) programs led by Michael Geschwind, MD, PhD.

Matthew Goh

Research Data Analyst

Matthew builds prognostic models using magnetic resonance imaging data to show brain atrophy patterns in patients with frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). He develops, maintains and improves end-to-end neuroimage processing pipelines to transform raw MRI scans into actionable feature vectors for machine learning models.

Abraham Gomez

Practice Coordinator

Apraham is a practice coordinator for the UCSF Memory and Aging Center Clinic.

Eva Gontrum

Clinical Research Coordinator

Eva graduated from Pomona College with a BA degree in Neuroscience in May 2020 and joined the MAC in July 2020 as a research coordinator on Dr. Joel Kramer’s team. She coordinates a study examining cardiovascular risk factors in healthy older adults and the impact of these risk factors on the aging brain.

Collette Goode

Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from San Rafael, CA, Collette pursued a BS degree in biology at the Robert Clark Honors College, University of Oregon. As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Philip Washbourne investigating the mechanisms underlying synapse formation in the zebrafish animal model. She completed her undergraduate thesis in the Washbourne Lab, analyzing how the gut microbiota control synaptic protein distribution in the developing zebrafish brain and the correlation between disrupted synapse formation and behavioral deficits in zebrafish.

Andrea Gorham Vargas

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Andrea graduated from Cornell University in May 2022 with a major in Biology & Society and a minor in Latin American Studies. She joined the MAC in June 2022 as an assistant research coordinator in the Dementia Imaging Genetics Lab, coordinating a study that aims to identify how early-disease-specific neural circuit differences develop in children carrying mutations causing frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Marilu Gorno Tempini, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry

Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini is a behavioral neurologist and holds the Charles Schwab Endowed Professorship in Dyslexia and Neurodevelopment. She currently directs the Language Neurobiology Laboratory at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and co-directs the UCSF Dyslexia Center. She obtained her medical degree and clinical neurology specialty training in Italy and has a doctorate in the neuroimaging of language from University College London.

Irina Gorodetskaya

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Irina Gorodetskaya is a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator for the Clinical Trials Team.

Harli Grant

Program Manager

Harli manages the NIH-funded Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the New Approaches to Dementia Heterogeneity project, an NIH funded research program.

Lea Grinberg, MD, PhD

Professor

Dr. Lea Grinberg is a neuropathologist specializing in brain aging and associated disorders. She received her medical and doctorate degrees in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2003, Dr. Grinberg, along with colleagues from several disciplines, founded a brain bank in São Paulo that has developed into an extremely prolific and highly regarded institution. Her doctorate work was focused on the neuropathology of frontotemporal lobar degeneration. From 2007 to 2009, Dr.

Suvi Haekkinen, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Suvi Hakkinen is a postdoctoral scholar in the Dementia Imaging Genetics Laboratory led by Dr. Suzee Lee. She received her PhD degree from the Department of Psychology and Logopedics at the University of Helsinki in 2018, where she completed her dissertation on the functional organization of the human auditory cortex during active auditory tasks. She joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2018 to deepen her understanding of various neuroimaging methods and their relevance to clinical research.

Tobias Haeusermann

Specialist

Dr. Tobias Haeusermann is a sociologist in the UCSF Decision Lab with Dr. Winston Chiong, where his research aims to understand the ethical concerns in existing clinical applications of closed-loop neuromodulation in epilepsy, movement disorders and mood disorders.

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