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Howie Rosen, MD

Professor

Dr. Rosen is a behavioral neurologist and the Dorothy Kirsten French Foundation Endowed Professorship for Parkinsonian and Other Neurodegenerative Disorders. 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.

Alexandra Saias

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Cande Salazar

ADRC Data Coordinator

Cande joined the Memory and Aging Center as the ADRC Data Coordinator in August 2017. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a minor in human development. During her time as an undergraduate, she interned at the UC Davis MIND Institute where she assisted in the Infant Sibling Study for the early detection of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To gain further research experience, she took a position as a research assistant at the Developmental Research Center at UC Davis.

Paul Sampognaro, MD

HS Clinical Instructor

Dr. Sampognaro majored in neurobiology as an undergrad at Georgetown University. There, he worked as a research assistant in the laboratory of Maria Donoghue, studying the molecular underpinnings of Eph/ephrin signaling and its role in cortical neuronal development. After college, he matriculated to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he earned his MD and worked part-time in Charlotte Sumner’s laboratory, quantifying the degree of SMN1 insufficiency in humans with spinal muscular atrophy.

Alejandra Sanchez Lopez, MD

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

Dr. Alejandra Sanchez-Lopez is a geriatrician and behavioral neurology clinical fellow at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She completed her medical degree at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in Tijuana, Mexico. She did her residency in internal medicine and a year as chief resident at Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in The Bronx.

Athena Schlereth

Assistant Autopsy Coordinator

Athena studied Integrative Biology and Classics at UC Berkeley. She was involved in archaeological research and assisted the excavation of a prehistoric cemetery in Greece. On campus, she was a volunteer EMT and worked as a chef for her housing cooperative. Her experiences volunteering in hospice and nursing facilities led her to the Memory and Aging Center, where she assists patients, families, and caregivers with the autopsy program.

Bill Seeley, MD

Professor

Dr. Seeley attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, where he first encountered patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in 1999, during a research elective with Dr. Bruce Miller. He completed a neurology residency at Harvard Medical School, training at the Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women's Hospitals. Returning to UCSF for a Behavioral Neurology fellowship, Dr.

Annie Sha

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Annie joined the Memory and Aging Center as an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in April 2020 and works on the FTD program project grant, Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Images and Emotions. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a double major in biology. During her time as an undergraduate, she was a part of the clinical geropsychology lab where she helped test a new measure of naming ability for older adults.

Ranjani Shankar

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Ranjani graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science specializing in Clinical Aspects of Cognition. She is extremely interested in and passionate about neurodegenerative disease research, especially Alzheimer’s disease. She now works at the Memory and Aging Center in Dr. Rabinovici’s In Vivo Molecular Neuroimaging Lab.

Phillip Smith

Patient Care Coordinator

Phil Smith was raised in Oakland, California where he graduated from Laney College with an associate degree in ethnic studies. He began working at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2014 with a primary focus on assisting the clinical staff with administrative support. As a caregiver for his mother who suffers from dementia, Phil has a direct connection to the impact of neurogenerative diseases and is passionate about providing support for the family members of patients that are battling dementia.

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