People

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.

Gabby Haghighi

Student Intern 

Gabby is a student intern in the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Lab.

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.

Xuan He, MS

Associate Specialist

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.

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.

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.

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