People

Oscar Hernandez Nunez

Administrative Manager

Oscar holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle East and Islamic Studies from California State University Sacramento and a masters of education in higher education administration from Northeastern University. Prior to joining the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, Oscar worked in admissions and student affairs at various universities in San Francisco.

Sarah Herrman

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Sarah is an assistant clinical research coordinator for the MAC Clinical Trials Program and Boxer lab.

Joseph Hesse

Director of Innovation

Joe Hesse joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2002 and serves as the center’s Director of Innovation. His focus is the development of informatics and computational infrastructure in support of precision medicine. He works in collaboration with many groups and faculty across UCSF with the overall goal of delivering technology solutions to clinicians and researchers that are both scientifically agile and regulatory compliant.

Hilary Heuer, PhD

Oculomotor Specialist

Dr. Hilary Heuer is an oculomotor specialist in the Boxer lab.

Madeline Hillis

Research Coordinator

Madeline hails from California’s central valley, and she recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in cognitive science. Madeline is interested in the various ways the human brain manages information, and she is fascinated both by the fragility and astonishing resilience of the nervous system. While at UC Berkeley, she spent a semester volunteering in a perceptual lab that investigated the neural correlates of visual serial dependence using EEG.

Ji-Hye Hwang

Associate Specialist

Ji-Hye Hwang, PhD, is a research specialist in the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Lab.

Shireen Javandel

Research Coordinator

A Bay Area native, Shireen attended UC Berkeley where she earned a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology. Since then, her curiosity has led her to contribute to a variety of projects ranging from the characterization of wheat gluten proteins at the USDA to a UCSF study of early onset schizophrenia, and then on to complete a post-baccalaureate program at Drexel University. She also worked for an educational non-profit, coordinating workplace apprenticeship for middle school students in Oakland just before joining the Memory and Aging Center, where she now coordinates Dr.

Samirah Javed

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Samirah Javed is an assistant clinical research coordinator for the sleep study.

Aimee Kao, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

Aimee Kao, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco. She directs the UCSF Tau Consortium Human Fibroblast and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Bank and has recently been appointed to lead the UCSF Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) Neurodegenerative Disease Biomarker Core. Dr. Kao’s clinical expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and frontotemporal lobar degeneration.

Elissaios Karageorgiou, MD, PhD

Asst Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Karageorgiou was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and raised in Athens, Greece, where he graduated from Athens College and subsequently obtained a medical degree and a PhD degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Upon completion of his medical studies, he worked as a post-doctoral associate at the Brain Sciences Center of the University of Minnesota under the mentorship of Apostolos P. Georgopoulos, MD, PhD, studying the encephalographic brain patterns in health and diseases such as dementia, multiple sclerosis, and schizophrenia.

Krystal Karunungan

Research Coordinator

Krystal is a research coordinator in the Rabinovici lab, where she coordinates the IDEAS study as well as the Early Onset and Atypical Alzheimer’s Disease study.

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