People

Rachel Kiekhofer

Research Data Analyst

Rachel joins the Memory and Aging Center as a Research Data Analyst on the Care Ecosystem team, where she manages the Care Ecosystem codebase and collects data through interviews with study participants. In this capacity, she hopes to improve care outcomes for dementia patients and their caregivers.

Tom Kiely, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Tom Kiely is a neuropsychologist with clinical expertise covering a wide range of neurological and psychiatric conditions. He has obtained advanced training at a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient psychiatry departments, in addition to a variety of outpatient centers in neurology.

Marguerite Knudtson

Clinical Research Coordinator

Daisy is a clinical research coordinator for the Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Images and Emotions Program Project Grant at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She received her BA degree from UC Berkeley in Cognitive Neuroscience. There, she worked with Dr. Bob Knight on a study investigating the neurological mechanisms of intentional forgetting, and with Dr. Tania Lombrozo on a study looking at the relationship between one’s beliefs in free will and determinism, and their moral behavior.
 

Mary Koestler, RN, PhD

Project Administrator and Trials Nurse

Mary Koestler joined the Memory and Aging Center’s clinical trials unit as project administrator and trials nurse in July 2007. Dr. Koestler completed a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in clinical research management at UCSF followed by a PhD degree. She currently manages industry-sponsored FDA Phase I-III Alzheimer’s disease trials. Dr. Koestler is credentialed by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

Joel Kramer, PsyD

Director of Neuropsychology

Dr. Kramer is a Professor of Neuropsychology in Neurology, the Director of the Memory and Aging Center Neuropsychology program, and the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation Endowed Professor at UCSF. He earned his doctorate in psychology at Baylor University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Martinez VA hospital. Dr. Kramer is board certified in clinical neuropsychology.

Lisa Kritikos, RN

Nurse Practitioner

Lisa is a nurse practitioner in the Memory and Aging Center

Renaud La Joie, PhD

Asst Professor in Residence

Renaud La Joie originally studied medicine in his native Normandy before graduating with a master’s degree in neuroscience from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. He then pursued a PhD degree in neuropsychology with Gael Chételat and Béatrice Desgranges, where he studied Alzheimer's disease using multimodal PET and MRI imaging. Dr. La Joie then spent a year with Dr. William Jagust at the University of California, Berkeley before joining Dr. Gil Rabinovici’s lab at the Memory and Aging Center in March 2016.

Tia Lamore

Staff Research Associate

Tia graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 after completing a dual degree in Integrative Biology and Molecular Environmental Biology. She started her research journey in 2018 as a research assistant at the Grinberg Lab practicing various wet lab techniques and focusing on the locus coeruleus' role as a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease.

Serggio Lanata, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology

Dr. Serggio Lanata was raised in Peru, where he began his undergraduate studies in general science. He later earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Florida. He obtained his medical degree from the University of South Florida and then completed his medicine internship and neurology residency at Brown University. He joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2013 as a Clinical Instructor and Behavioral Neurology Fellow.

Ellisa Lang

Staff Research Associate

Ellisa joined the Seeley Lab in October 2021 as a research associate and assists with the brain bank, immunohistochemistry, and other technical work for various projects. She received her BA degree in Psychology with minors in Chemistry and East Asian studies from Oberlin College in May 2021. Prior to joining the Seeley team, she worked at the University of California, Davis MIND Institute as a research intern, focusing on neurodevelopmental disorders.

Argentina Lario Lago, PhD

Associate Specialist

Argentina Lario Lago is the Biospecimen & Genetics Programs Manager at the Memory and Aging Center. 

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