People

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.

Madi Hurst

Student Intern Lab Assistant

Madi is a student intern lab assistant in the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Lab.

Ji-Hye Hwang

Research Associate

Ji-Hye is a research associate 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.

Erik Johnson, MD, PhD

Clinical Instructor

Aimee Kao, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Aimee Kao is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Iowa School of Medicine where she received her medical degree and a doctorate degree in physiology and biophysics studying the molecular mechanisms of insulin signaling. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Boston and a residency in Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she was Chief Resident. Dr. Kao participates in patient evaluation and management at the Memory and Aging Center.

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.

Anna Karydas

Biospecimen/Genetics Programs Manager

Anna Karydas is the Biospecimen/Genetics Programs Manager at the Memory and Aging Center. She serves as the primary subject expert for the acquisition, characterization and management of biological materials. Anna works directly with the clinical staff, including nurses and genetic counselors, to ensure accurate and efficient collection, delivery and reconciliation of biologic materials.

Robin Ketelle, RN, MS

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Robin Ketelle received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from UCLA and a master’s degree in gerontological nursing from UCSF.

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