People

Kamalini Ranasinghe, MBBS, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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 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

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.

Camellia Rodriguez-Sackbyrne

GBHI Alumni Specialist

Camellia Rodríguez-SackByrne is the GBHI Alumni Specialist based at UCSF. She leads alumni engagement work to advance lifelong learning, connections and collaboration for the Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health. Camellia coordinates opportunities and resources for the continued growth of GBHI alumni (Senior Fellows) and seeks their input to foster a dynamic global network of leaders in brain health.

Julio Rojas-Martinez, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Julio Rojas received his medical degree from the Tecnológico de Monterrey School of Medicine in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. He completed his doctoral studies in neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation on Strategies of neuroprotection in an in vivo model of retinal degeneration induced by mitochondrial dysfunction. He completed a neurology residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In 2014, he joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center as a behavioral neurology fellow. Dr.

Heather Romero-Kornblum

Clinical Research Coordinator

Heather Romero-Kornblum is a clinical research coordinator in the UCSF Decision Lab, led by Dr. Winston Chiong. She is fascinated with the cognitive, attentional and perceptual processes that impact how we pursue goals and make choices. As a Haas Scholar and senior in UC Berkeley’s psychology department honors program, she conducted research on the effect of income inequality on regulatory focus – a psychological mechanism that seeks to explain how we pursue goals.

Howie Rosen, MD

Professor

Dr. Rosen is a behavioral neurologist. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, trained in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and subsequently completed a neurology residency at UCSF. After residency, Dr. Rosen pursued fellowship training in brain imaging at the Washington University School of Medicine, and then returned to UCSF to join the team at the Memory and Aging Center (MAC) in 1999.

Ashlin Roy

Research Data Analyst

Ashlin earned his bachelor of science degree in psychology at the University of Oregon in 2016. As an undergraduate, he assisted in several labs that study the neurobiological basis of behavior. After graduating, Ashlin worked as a lab manager at the University of Massachusetts Boston for Dr. Keith Welker and Dr. Rhiana Wegner. Currently, Ashlin is a data analyst at UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center for Dr. Virginia Sturm and Dr. David Perry.

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