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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.

Karen Smith

Clinical Research Supervisor

Ms. Smith is the clinical research supervisor working directly with the Rabinovici Lab and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She works closely with both faculty and staff in monitoring operational issues, regulatory compliance and project development. Ms. Smith brings many years of experience in clinical and non-clinical trials across a variety of funding mechanisms and disciplines. Prior to coming to the Memory and Aging Center in April 2019, Ms.

Fonda Smith

Operations Manager

Fonda Smith has a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice and a passion for social justice. Born and raised in San Francisco, Fonda grew up in poverty and was impacted by the social justice issues such as mass incarceration and gentrification that continuously plague under-served communities of color. She began working in the nonprofit sector at a very early age to empower communities of color and help those in need. She immediately made it her life’s mission to uplift and amplify the voices of those in underserved communities, advocating for positive social justice for all.

Andrzej Sokolowski, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Andrzej Sokolowski is a postdoctoral fellow in the Perry Lab.

David Soleimani-Meigooni, MD

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

Salvatore Spina, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Spina received his medical degree from the University of Catania, Italy. He completed a neurology residency at the University of Siena, Italy from which he also obtained his doctorate degree on mechanisms of neurodegeneration. He was trained in neuropathology of dementia syndromes at the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center, Indianapolis in the laboratory of Dr. Bernardino Ghetti. Later, he completed an internship in internal medicine and a neurology residency at Indiana University. Dr.

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