People

Malu Mandelli, PhD

Assistant Professional Researcher

Maria Luisa Mandelli leads the neuroimaging research within the language team of the Memory and Aging Center. Her research focuses on neuroanatomical changes caused by language and other neurodegenerative disorders. She has been working on brain magnetic resonance imaging for the past ten years, with the goal of better understanding of how the brain develops, changes over time, and how it makes us who we are.

Alyson Marcelo

Practice Coordinator

Alyson is a practice coordinator that handles many sub-specialty clinics for the MAC such as Huntington’s disease, movement disorders and genetics. She graduated from CSU Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in health science. She enjoys baking desserts, learning about the Korean culture and language, and has a passion for helping all those in need.

David Marin

Programmer Analyst

Austin Marrazza

Research Study Coordinator

Austin is a clinical research coordinator in the Boxer Lab. He is looking forward to applying to PhD programs in cognitive neuroscience. He previously worked in the Hallquist Lab and Perez-Edgar Lab at Pennsylvania State University as an undergraduate research assistant, as well as summer internships at Celgene.

Kailey Mateo

GBHI Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator

Kailey Mateo is the GBHI Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator based at UCSF. She works with the Monitoring and Evaluation team to provide ongoing support for the monitoring and learning activities of the program and is helping to expand into new arenas, such as evaluating social impact.

Melinda Matice

Curriculum Coordinator, GBHI

Mindy works with faculty and staff to design the instructional content for the Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health program at the Global Brain Health Institute.

Elizabeth Matus

Autopsy Coordinator

Elizabeth came to the Bay Area from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to attend Stanford University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Science, Technology and Society. During her time at Stanford, Elizabeth worked as a Residential Assistant in a student co-operative house and did publicity and outreach at the Women’s Community Center and the Haas Center for Public Service. Since graduating, she has worked as Residential Director at Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies and has worked as the Operations Coordinator at Mixpanel.

Diana Mei

Clinical Research Coordinator

Diana is a clinical research coordinator for the NIH-designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Memory and Aging Center, where she coordinates visits for Mandarin-speaking participants. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior.

Diana是記憶力研究及治療中心的研究協調員. 她負責協調講普通話的參與者的訪問。 她畢業於加州大學戴維斯分校,獲得了神經生物學,生理學和行為學的理學學士學位。

Taylor Mellinger

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Taylor is an assistant clinical research coordinator in the Rabinovici In Vivo Molecular Imaging Lab.

Jennifer Merrilees, RN, PhD

Clinical Nurse Specialist in Geriatrics

Jennifer Merrilees received her doctorate degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Geriatrics at the Memory and Aging Center and Associate Clinical Professor for the UCSF School of Nursing.

Benedetta Milanini, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Milanini received her PhD degree from the Catholic University of Rome. Prior to that, she graduated from La Sapienza University of Rome in July 2010 with a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychological Rehabilitation. Her PhD research focused on the identification of a cognitive screening test that is sensitive to the characteristics of neurocognitive impairment. Benedetta has published a manuscript on the usefulness of the MoCA screening test within the UCSF HIV Over 60 Cohort study in the Journal of AIDS.

Carly Miller

Research Speech-Language Pathologist

Carly is a speech-language pathologist at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab led by Dr. Marilu Gorno Tempini. Prior to joining the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2019, she worked at the Centre for Neuro Skills, a post-acute rehabilitation center for patients with traumatic and acquired brain injuries.

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