People

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.

Ting Qi

Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Assistant Professor

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 in Clinical Trials 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.

Joanne Robinson-Teran

Care Team Navigator

Joanne received her bachelor’s degrees in gerontology and psychology and master’s degree in counseling at California State University, Sacramento.

Anne Marie Rodriguez

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Anne-Marie Rodriguez received her BS degree in biology & neuroscience and her BA degree in Spanish at the University of Portland. She works as an assistant clinical research coordinator for the Brain Health Assessment study with Dr. Katherine Possin. Anne-Marie’s interested in neurodegenerative diseases and TBIs, particularly working with the Spanish speaking population. 

In her free time, Anne-Marie enjoys wine-making and exploring the outdoors.

Julio Rojas-Martinez, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Julio Rojas is a neurologist who specializes in dementia, caring for patients with cognitive difficulties or behavioral changes resulting from conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia (a form of dementia that causes cognitive defects and Parkinson’s-like symptoms), frontotemporal dementia (a common cause of dementia in younger adults that features behavioral changes) and progressive supranuclear pa

Lisa Romero

Asst. Clinical Research Coordinator

Lisa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she participated in neurodegenerative disease research with Penn’s Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research and Columbia University’s Taub Institute. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Lisa is proud to serve the UCSF community as a clinical research coordinator on the Boxer Clinical Trials team.

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