People

Mary Joanne De Torres

Lab Assistant

Joanne graduated from San Francisco State University with a BS degree in microbiology and is pursuing Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) in the Kao Lab at UC San Francisco.

Jessica Deleon, MD

Behavioral Neurology Fellow

Dr. Jessica de Leon received her undergraduate degrees in neuroscience and Spanish at the Johns Hopkins University and an MD with thesis degree at UCSF. She then completed a medicine internship and neurology residency at UCSF, where she served as chief resident.

Jersey Deng

Staff Research Associate

Jersey joined the Seeley Lab in August 2015 as a Research Associate and assists with management and analysis of neuroimaging data. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in neurobiology. Before joining the Seeley Lab, Jersey was the data manager of the THRIVE Lab at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center where he explored stress and its associations with psychiatric and physical disorders.

Janki Desai

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Janki coordinates clinical trials for patients.

Ryan Diggs

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Ryan is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator for the NIH-funded program project grant on frontotemporal dementia.

Nina Djukic

Research Coordinator

Nina Djukic graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2018 with a BS degree in Environmental Health & Communications. She currently works with Dr. Joel Kramer, coordinating the Aging & Cognitive Decline project, a longitudinal study to identify the cognitive mechanisms and neural structures that underlie aging-related declines in executive functioning. She is also the study coordinator for Dr.

Mayra Dobano

Practice Coordinator

Karen Dorsman

Research Coordinator

Karen was born and raised in Nicaragua, where her interest in neuropsychology and community health began. Her passion for travel took her to Uruguay, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. While working on her honors thesis, she trained in clinical neuropsychology with mentors Sergio Dansilio, MD; Luis Fontan, MD; and Jorge Lorenzo, MD. During that time, she developed a strong interest toward healthy aging.

Kathleen Drew

Post-Award Analyst

Kathleen Drew joined the Memory and Aging Center in October 2005 as a Financial Analyst. Prior to joining the MAC staff, she worked in a wide range of positions including EEOC program analyst at IBM, software quality engineer at PeopleSoft and the truck boss for a gasoline jobber in Colorado.

After hours, she takes classes in mathematics and art trying to get the better of both.

Dena Dubal, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

The goal of our research is to investigate mechanisms of longevity, resilience and neurodegenerative disease. Broadly we investigate how aging pathways can confer resilience to a brain and counter neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Using genetic mouse models, cell culture methods, and study of human populations using cutting-edge techniques, we study whether longevity-derived mechanisms can pave a path toward development of urgently needed therapies in aging and disease.

Sarah Dulaney, RN

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Sarah Dulaney earned a master of science degree in gerontological nursing at UCSF and is certified as a Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Lauren Edwards

Research Coordinator

Lauren helps to coordinate the Tau PET study as well as the Early Onset and Atypical Alzheimer’s Disease study as a part of Dr. Gil Rabinovici’s lab.

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