People

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.

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

Research Lab Supervisor

Kris is a research lab supervisor at the Memory and Aging Center with 11 years of progressive experience in clinical research. She is currently focused on laboratory operations. Her education is in laboratory sciences and allied health.

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.

Lorenzo Pasquini, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Lorenzo Pasquini joined the Seeley lab in November 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow. He graduated in Neuroscience and Public Health at the Ludwig-Maximilan University of Munich. He obtained a PhD degree from the Technical University of Munich, where he worked under the mentorship of Dr. Christian Sorg at the Neuroimaging Center, studying large-scale brain network dysfunctions in Alzheimer’s disease, with a specific focus on multimodal neuroimaging and intrinsic activity of the medial temporal lobes.

Bettina Pedemonte

Full Specialist

Bettina Pedemonte completed a PhD degree in mathematics in Italy at Genoa University and a PhD degree in mathematics education in France at Grenoble University. She has experience in teaching mathematics, in particular to students with learning disorders. She designed technological environments to support mathematical learning. Her research interests include understanding cognitive processes involved in solving mathematical problems and finding new teaching methods to support mathematical learning. Bettina joined UCSF in March 2018, specializing in designing a battery for dyscalculia.

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