People

Nicole Yabut

Clinical Research Coordinator

Nicole graduated from UC Davis in 2015 with an AB degree in psychology. Before joining the Alba Lab in 2018, Nicole worked with Dr. Jeffrey Sall in the UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care and Dr. Simona Ghetti in the UC Davis Memory and Development Lab to investigate the relationship between anesthesia exposure and recognition memory in children. She is interested in studying the conditions that modulate the limitations of cognitive and perceptual processes.

Golnaz Yadollahikhales

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

Dr. Golnaz Yadollahikhales graduated from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran in 2014 with honors. During her seven years of medical school, she worked on animal studies on the pathophysiology of memory using scopolamine and ketamine. She started working as a research fellow at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts in 2015.

Kristine Yaffe, MD

Professor and Vice Chair

Kristine Yaffe, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology, the Roy and Marie Scola Endowed Chair and Vice Chair of Research in Psychiatry at UCSF. Dr. Yaffe is dually trained in neurology and psychiatry and completed postdoctoral training in epidemiology and geriatric psychiatry, all at UCSF. In addition to her positions at UCSF, Dr. Yaffe is the Chief of Neuropsychiatry and the Director of the Memory Disorders Clinic at the San Francisco Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center.

Stacey Yamamoto

Monitoring & Evaluation Program Manager, GBHI

As a Monitoring and Evaluation Program Manager for the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI), Stacey is responsible for collecting and analyzing program data to inform continuous improvement efforts and over time, demonstrating the impact of the GBHI community. Stacey’s academic training and past experience in health disparities research, program evaluation and public health practice have ignited her passion for translational research with a focus on social impact.
 

Jennifer Yokoyama, PhD

Associate Professor

Jennifer Yokoyama obtained her doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics from UCSF in December 2010 with Dr. Steven Hamilton (Department of Psychiatry and Institute for Human Genetics). Her dissertation comprised work within the Canine Behavioral Genetics Project, utilizing purebred dogs as genetic models for studying neuropsychiatric disease. Utilizing community-based canine DNA samples, Dr.

Kyan Younes, MD

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

Clayton Young

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Clayton was introduced to research during his time at UC Davis, where he obtained his BS degree in psychology (biology emphasis). As an undergraduate, he assisted in investigating attention, visual working memory and language processing using EEG/ERPs and eye-tracking. Upon graduating, he gained clinical experience as a psychometrist in a private neuropsychology practice, which led to his interest in working with aging populations.

Ehud Zeltzer

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

Dr. Ehud Zeltzer joined the Memory and Aging Center (MAC) in 2021. He graduated from the Medical School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2010. He then served as a flight surgeon and clinic commander in the Israeli Air Force until 2015. He completed his Neurology Residency in Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov), where he served as chief resident and passed the Neurology Board Exams with honors.

Liwen Zhang, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Liwen Zhang is a postdoctoral fellow in the Lee Dementia Imaging Genetics Lab. She received her PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Groningen in 2016. After that, she worked as a research fellow at the National University of Singapore and Duke-NUS Medical School jointly, where she worked on Alzheimer’s disease using neuroimaging methods.

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