People

Aili Golubjatnikov, MS, BS

Research Coordinator

Aili joined the MAC in January of 2017 as a research coordinator in Dr. Michael Geschwind’s lab where she coordinated his studies on Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease and other rapidly progressive dementias. As of January 2019, she works in Dr. Joel Kramer’s lab, where she coordinates the Lifestyle Medicine for Alzheimer’s Disease study.

Collette Goode

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from San Rafael, CA, Collette pursued a BS degree in biology at the Robert Clark Honors College, University of Oregon. As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Philip Washbourne investigating the mechanisms underlying synapse formation in the zebrafish animal model. She completed her undergraduate thesis in the Washbourne Lab, analyzing how the gut microbiota control synaptic protein distribution in the developing zebrafish brain and the correlation between disrupted synapse formation and behavioral deficits in zebrafish.

Marilu Gorno Tempini, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry
Charles Schwab Endowed Professorship in Dyslexia and Neurodevelopment
Director, Language Neurobiology Laboratory
Co-Director, UCSF Dyslexia Center

Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini is a behavioral neurologist, currently directing the Language Neurobiology Laboratory of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and serving as the neurology lead of the UCSF Dyslexia Center. She obtained her medical degree and clinical neurology specialty training in Italy, and has a doctorate in the neuroimaging of language from University College London.

Leslie Goss

Assistant to Bruce Miller, MD

Leslie Goss assists Dr. Miller in his role as Center Director.

Lea Grinberg, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Lea Grinberg is a neuropathologist specializing in brain aging and associated disorders. She received her medical and doctorate degrees in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2003, Dr. Grinberg, along with colleagues from several disciplines founded a brain bank in São Paulo, which has developed into an extremely prolific and highly regarded institution. Her doctorate work was focused in the neuropathology of frontotemporal lobar degeneration. From 2007 to 2009, Dr.

Sushmitha Gururaj, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sushmitha has an undergraduate degree in biotechnology from Bangalore, India. She earned a master of science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Southern California in the lab of Dr. Daryl Davies, followed by a doctorate in neuropharmacology at the University at Buffalo under Dr. Arin Bhattacharjee. During her PhD work, she studied the role and regulation of sodium-gated potassium channels- Slack and Slick- in sensory neuronal function, using mammalian cell lines and rodent models.

Tobias Haeusermann, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Tobias Haeusermann is a Sociologist and Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCSF Decision Lab with Dr. Winston Chiong, where his research aims to understand the ethical concerns in existing clinical applications of closed-loop neuromodulation in epilepsy, movement disorders and mood disorders.

Suvi Hakkinen, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Suvi Hakkinen is a postdoctoral scholar in the Lee Lab.

Carmen Hart

Administrative Officer, GBHI

Carmen is an adminsitrative officer for the Global Brain Health Institute.

Joanna Hellmuth, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor

Dr. Joanna Hellmuth is neurologist with sub-specialty training in cognitive and behavioral neurology. She practices at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, where she evaluates and manages patients with mild cognitive impairment; neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia; and patients with HIV-related cognitive changes. Dr.

Mackenzie Hepker

Research Associate

Mackenzie is a research associate in the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Lab.

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