People

Lisa Morse

Clinical Nurse

Lisa Morse is a Clinical Nurse at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center clinic and is pursuing a master’s degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She is a Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse by the American Board of Neuroscience Nurses.

Alissa Nana Li, PhD

Associate Lab Specialist

Alissa joined the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Laboratory in 2011 as a postdoctoral fellow. Her background is in neurodegeneration research. Alissa completed a BSc degree with honors in biomedical science in 2004 and a PhD degree in anatomy in 2009 from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she investigated the variable pattern of cortical neuronal loss in Huntington’s disease.

Alexandra Nelson, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Nelson is the Richard and Shirley Cahill Endowed Chair in Parkinson’s Disease Research at UCSF. She is both a neuroscientist and behavioral neurologist and is particularly interested in understanding neurodegenerative movement disorders. After undergraduate work at Stanford University, she received her medical and doctorate degrees in neuroscience at UC San Diego, where she studied cerebellar motor learning.

Kyra Neylan

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Kyra is an assistant clinical research coordinator for the frontotemporal dementia program project grant, Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Images and Emotions.

Sang Ngo

Research Coordinator

Research was an integral part of Sang's undergraduate experience at Stanford University, where he spent four years studying dynamic stem cell behaviors and tumor development. Working at the bench ignited his curiosity to explore and solve difficult questions about the natural world.

Vy Nguyen

Program Manager

Vy is a program manager at the Parkinson’s Spectrum Disorders Center, and her work focuses on research projects involving the diagnosis, care and prevention of Parkinson’s spectrum disorders.

Fatemeh Noohibezanjani, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Fatemeh Noohi joined the Clinical Affective Neuroscience (CAN) Laboratory as a postdoctoral scholar in September 2018. She completed her PhD degree in a dual degree program of Psychology & Kinesiology in the University of Michigan. Her graduate work was focused on using neuroimaging (fMRI) and non-invasive brain stimulation (GVS) techniques to assess the neural correlates of vestibular processing and multisensory integration in healthy older adults.

Kristina Noyes

Lab Research Supervisor

Ian Nykaza

Clinical Research Coordinator

Ian was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. He attended undergrad at the University of Minnesota where he received a bachelor's of science degree in genetics and cellular biology and minored in psychology. Before joining the MAC, he volunteered in the Healthy Brain Program, a delirium prevention program, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota for two years. Ian also has a background in basic science research.

He is currently an assistant clinical research coordinator at the Parkinson’s Spectrum Disorders Center.

Eleanor O'brien

Education Coordinator

Eleanor O'Brien coordinates the educational programs at the Memory and Aging Center.

Elise Ong

Clinical Research Coordinator

Elise Ong coordinates the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) for the Memory and Aging Center.

Eleanor Palser, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Palser joined the Clinical Affective Neuroscience (CAN) Lab in December 2018. Eleanor works with the UCSF Dyslexia Center, studying social and emotional processing in neurodevelopmental conditions, such as dyslexia and autism. To do this, she combines self-report, physiological and neuroimaging methods. Previously, she received a PhD degree in cognitive neuroscience from University College London.

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