People

Cynthia Barton, RN, MSN, GNP

Nurse Practitioner

Cynthia Barton received her basic nursing education at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire. She then went on to get her bachelor of science degree in nursing at UCSF and her master of science degree in nursing from Duke University. She is certified as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Giovanni Battistella, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Giovanni is a biomedical engineer in the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab with a strong background in image and signal processing, computational and cognitive neuroscience, and imaging genetics.

Hailey Begert-Hellings

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from Santa Rosa, California, Hailey moved down to the Bay Area to attend college at UC Berkeley, where she recently graduated with a degree in integrative biology. As an undergraduate, she worked as a student instructor in the IB Human Anatomy Lab and worked with concussion detection technology at the company Oculogica. At the Memory and Aging Center, Hailey works with Dr. Kate Possin on the Care Ecosystem Study.

Eliya Ben-Asher

Clinical Research Coordinator

Eliya coordinates the clinical trial of aducanumab for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Sasha Binford, RN

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Valentina Borghesani, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Valentina Borghesani is a postdoctoral fellow in the ALBA Language Lab.

Mia Borzello

Staff Research Associate

Mia is a research associate in the UCSF Decision Lab with Dr. Winston Chiong. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in cognitive science. Mia studies decision-making behavior in aging and neurodegenerative disease.

Before joining the Decision Lab, Mia worked with Dr. Sydney Cash at Massachusetts General Hospital, using electrocorticography (ECoG) to better understand normal and pathological brain physiology.

Viktoriya Bourakova

Staff Research Associate

Viktoriya attended the University of San Francisco and received a degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Classical Studies. Prior to joining the Memory and Aging Center (MAC), Viktoriya was a research coordinator at the San Francisco VA Medical Center working under Dr. Michael Weiner to examine the effects of traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and Alzheimer’s disease. She later became a research associate and imaging technician involved with projects studying PTSD biomarkers as well as frontotemporal dementia.

Adam Boxer, MD, PhD

Professor

Adam L. Boxer, MD, PhD, is Endowed Professor in Memory and Aging in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He directs UCSF’s Neurosciences Clinical Research Unit and the Alzheimer’s Disease and Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) Clinical Trials Program at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Dr. Boxer’s research is focused on developing new treatments and biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases, particularly those involving tau and TDP-43.

Nicole Boyd

Clinical Research Coordinator

Nicole Boyd is a clinical research coordinator in the Division of Geriatrics. She is working with the Memory and Aging Center’s Dr. Georges Naasan and geriatrician and palliative care physician Dr. Christine Ritchie on a GBHI-funded project exploring the palliative care needs and challenges of people with dementia and their caregivers.

Victoria Brown

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Victoria Brown is an assistant clinical research coordinator in the Rosen Lab.

Jesse Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jesse Brown is an assistant professor and works closely with the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Lab. His research is focused on:

  1. unraveling functional and anatomical brain connectivity
  2. diagnosing, tracking and ultimately curing neurodegenerative disease
  3. advancing neuroimaging data sharing and visualization

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