People

Lawren Vandevrede, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

As an Assistant Professor of Neurology at UCSF, Dr. Lawren Vandevrede's overarching goal is to provide outstanding clinical care to patients with dementia and their caregivers. He completed his medical training in Chicago, where he also obtained a PhD degree in neuroscience working with his mentor to develop novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Sarat Vatsavayai, PhD

Specialist

Sarat Vatsavayai received a master of science degree in Human Genetics from Andhra University, India. He then did his doctoral work in the field of Huntington’s disease at the Open University, UK, where he was characterizing a novel mouse model and was trying to find out if DNA repeat instability could modify disease progression. In July 2013, he joined Dr.

Stephanie Vento

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Stephanie is an assistant clinical research coordinator for the 4RTNI-2 study and the Boxer Lab. She has a BS degree in psychology from Northeastern University and has previously worked as a research assistant in the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD and with Dr. David Barlow at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.

Christina Veziris

Clinical Research Coordinator

Christina Veziris is an assistant clinical research coordinator in the UCSF Clinical Affective Neuroscience (CAN) Lab. She graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minors in neuroscience and health studies. She volunteered in the CAN lab for a year and then worked in the Relationships, Emotions, and Health Lab at San Francisco State University for three years using the Facial Action Coding System to code facial emotions.

Mieke Voges

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Christine Walsh, PhD

Assistant Professor

Christine M. Walsh, PhD, received her BA degree in physiology from Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin in Ireland. Dr. Walsh did her doctoral work at the University of Michigan studying the effects of REM sleep modulation on learning and memory. She also studied the neural correlates of cognitive aging. In 2011 Dr. Walsh joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center where she has been studying sleep in both healthy older adults and in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Walsh is particularly interested in the contribution of sleep disturbance to cognitive decline.

Kathy Wang

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Kathy Wang is an assistant clinical research coordinator in the MAC Clinical Trials program and Boxer lab.

Catherine Wang

Clinical Social Worker

Cathy earned a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University in New York. Her extensive knowledge about social service systems is based on her work experience at the local, state and federal level. She was a consultant, training social workers in nursing homes to maintain state licensure. Cathy is also a registered yoga teacher and a Grief Recovery Specialist.

Liz Weis

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Liz graduated in December 2016 from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA degree in psychology and neuroscience. She has a background in collecting and analyzing electroencephalogram data and working in a clinical setting with all age groups. Liz joined the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab in May 2018 and is working as a research coordinator for Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini.

Fattin Wekselman

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Fattin Wekselman received her BS degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Syiah Kuala in Indonesia. Following the 2004 tsunami, she joined the United Nations World Food Program and other NGOs to reunite families, organize the feeding of displaced people, train teachers and mothers, and assist families in rebuilding their independence. She has also worked with the French Engineering Consulting Firm SOGREAH, and in Sepon, Laos as the Sustainability and Community Development Manager at one of the largest gold and copper mines.

Ariane Welch

Speech Language Pathologist

Ariane is a speech language pathologist from Australia. She performs diagnostic speech and language assessments for research participants with primary progressive aphasia (PPA), treats patients with PPA via our PPA Speech Therapy trial and researches the diagnosis and treatment of motor speech disorders in PPA. 

Emma Wellman

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from Los Angeles, Emma attended college at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with degrees in Psychology and Gender and Health. At the University of Michigan, Emma was a research assistant at the Institute for Social Research and Michigan Psychoneuroendocrinology Affective Laboratory, studying high-intensity drinking behavior and mood disorders in teens and young adults. She also served as a leader of Ann Arbor’s Take Back the Night chapter, working to empower survivors of sexual violence in the community.

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