People

Lucia Lopez

Research Coordinator

Lucia Lopez received her BA degree in psychology from San Francisco State University. Her interests consist of the behavioral and physiological aspect of psychology as well as the connection between the mind and behavior. She joined the Rankin lab in July 2014 as a research assistant and has been working on a Psychosis project with Dr. Rankin alongside additional projects such as data entry and the transcription of video data.

In her spare time, Lucia enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, trying cultural cuisines and watching films.

Sladjana Lukic, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sladjana is a postdoctoral scholar in the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She completed a BS degree in speech-language pathology from University of Belgrade, and she received her PhD and MA degrees from Northwestern University under the supervision of Dr. Cynthia K. Thompson.

Diane Madsen

Executive Assistant

Diane Madsen brings over 20 years of experience in executive support to the Memory and Aging Center. Diane moved from the frozen tundra of Canada to Palo Alto, California in 2005 and has never looked back! She has worked at Stanford University and as assistant to the senior associate dean for global health and the AIDS Research Institute. Diane can be contacted for assistance with arrangements for meetings, events and requests for appointments with Dr. Miller.

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.

Madhu Manivannan

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Madhu is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator working in the UCSF Decision Lab with Dr. Winston Chiong. Madhu recently graduated from NYU with BA degrees in psychology and public health. As an undergraduate student, she worked as a research coordinator in Dr. Emily Balcetis’ Social Perception and Motivation Lab, and she completed her honors thesis studying the effects of health message framing on intentions to exercise.

William Mantyh, MD

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

With a background in healthcare economics in both in the US and rural Ecuador, neuropathic pain, and translational science research involving anti-nerve growth factor for bone cancer pain, Dr. Will Mantyh became engaged in team-based approaches to discover therapies for patients suffering from the epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease. After joining the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF, he is working under the mentorship of Dr. Gil Rabinovici and Dr.

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

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。

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