People

David Perry, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Perry graduated from medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He completed an internship in internal medicine and residency in neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he also researched obsessive-compulsive features in dementia. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Memory and Aging Center and participates in the evaluation and treatment of patients in the MAC clinic.

His current area of research interest is the impact of neurodegenerative illness on reward processing.

Andrew Philipoff

Senior Systems Adminstrator

Andrew manages technological services for the Memory and Aging Center and the Global Brain Health Institute.

Tonya Piergies

Staff Research Associate

Tonya Pierges came to the Grinberg Lab in July 2019 as a Staff Research Associate. She recently graduated with a psychology major and neuroscience minor from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She has a long standing interest in behavioral neuroscience.

Katherine Possin, PhD

John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation Endowed Professorship
Associate Professor

Dr. Possin’s research program is focused on improving the detection, diagnosis and care for people with neurodegenerative disease. She has long-standing interests in understanding the cognitive impairments and their neural bases in neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body disease, Huntington’s disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and frontotemporal lobar degeneration.

Caroline Prioleau

Writer & Designer

Caroline Prioleau writes and designs content for the Memory and Aging Center. She is interested in using design and technology to share complex information and facilitate collaborations across clinical, research and non-medical groups. She also co-leads an oral history project, hear/say, that focuses on collecting personal stories about the experience of aging, dementia and caregiving.

Kyle Pusateri, MA, MPH

Chief Operations Officer, GBHI

Kyle Pusateri is the Chief Operations Officer at GBHI, where he oversees the complex administrative components of GBHI, helping to ensure that the Institute is able to fulfill its mission of reducing the scale and impact of dementia worldwide.

Gil Rabinovici, MD

Professor

Dr. Rabinovici is the Edward Fein and Pearl Landrith Endowed Professor in Memory & Aging. He received his BS degree from Stanford University and MD from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Stanford University, neurology residency (and chief residency) at UCSF and a behavioral neurology fellowship at the Memory and Aging Center (MAC).

Kamalini Ranasinghe, MBBS, PhD

Professional Researcher

Dr. Kamalini Ranasinghe received her medical degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and completed her internship training in general medicine and general surgery. She earned her doctorate degree in Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas, under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Kilgard.

Katherine Rankin, PhD

Professor & Neuropsychologist

Dr. Kate Rankin is a professor in the UCSF Department of Neurology who specializes in the neuropsychological, neuroanatomic and genetic underpinnings of human socioemotional behavior in healthy aging and neurodegenerative disease. She studied psychology at Yale for her undergraduate work and received graduate degrees from Fuller School of Psychology in Pasadena, including her PhD degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in theology.

Jennifer Richards

Research Coordinator

Jennifer Richards is a Psychometrist who works in the Clinical Trials Program at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

Gwen Rijpma

Assistant Specialist

Myrthe Rijpma is a visiting scholar from the Netherlands. She obtained her bachelor degree in clinical and neuropsychology in 2015, and she is currently working on her master in neuropsychology at the University of Utrecht. Myrthe joined the Rankin lab in March 2017 because of her interest in understanding changes in neural networks in neurodegenerative diseases. Her goal is to acquire a better understanding on how the brain is made up, and eventually contribute to developing better treatment.

James Rini, MD, MPH

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

James Fraser Rini, MD, MPH. is a behavioral neurology fellow at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the Department of Neurology. He completed his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University in 2008, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in neuroscience and psychology. James then completed his MD and MPH degrees at New York Medical College in 2015. He completed his intern year in medicine at the University of South Alabama, and most recently, he finished his residency in neurology at the University of South Alabama in 2019.

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