People

Orit Lesman Segev

Staff Research Associate/Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Lesman Segev is a postdoctoral fellow in the Rabinovici lab.

Kevin Lieu

Research Coordinator

Kevin was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He attended UC Davis and graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in neurobiology, physiology and behavior and a bachelors’ of arts degree in psychology. Before joining the Memory and Aging Center, Kevin volunteered at On Lok Lifeways and interacted with Chinese elders in Chinatown. He is currently a research coordinator for the UCSF Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. He coordinates visits for the Cantonese- and English-speaking Chinese participants.

Cutter Lindbergh, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Lindbergh is a neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Joel Kramer.

Peter Ljubenkov, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ljubenkov received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. During his training he took part in the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program at University of California, Los Angeles, where he investigated midbrain and basal ganglia pathology in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. He went on to complete his internship in internal medicine at University of California, Irvine, and his residency in neurology at University of California, San Diego.

Lucia Lopez

Research Coordinator

Lucia Lopez received her BA degree in psychology from San Francisco State University. Her interests consist of the behavioral and physiological aspect of psychology as well as the connection between the mind and behavior. She joined the Rankin lab in July 2014 as a research assistant and has been working on a Psychosis project with Dr. Rankin alongside additional projects such as data entry and the transcription of video data.

In her spare time, Lucia enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, trying cultural cuisines and watching films.

Kathy Lui

Care Team Navigator

Kathy works with the Care Ecosystem study as a Care Team Navigator at the Curry Senior Center in San Francisco. Originally from Los Angeles County, she studied nutrition and education at UC Berkeley. As an undergraduate, she was involved with research at the Social Research on Healthcare Lab related to disability and chronic illness. She hopes to continue to pursue research and work related to community health, especially with regards to people who are under resourced or otherwise marginalized by traditional institutions of healthcare.

Carmen Luk

Administrative Officer

Carmen Luk is an administrative officer in the MAC Clinical Trials program and Boxer lab.

Sladjana Lukic, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sladjana is a postdoctoral scholar in the ALBA Language Neurobiology Lab at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She completed a BS degree in speech-language pathology from University of Belgrade, and she received her PhD and MA degrees from Northwestern University under the supervision of Dr. Cynthia K. Thompson.

Malu Mandelli, PhD

Assistant Professional Researcher

Maria Luisa Mandelli leads the neuroimaging research within the language team of the Memory and Aging Center. Her research focuses on neuroanatomical changes caused by language and other neurodegenerative disorders. She has been working on brain magnetic resonance imaging for the past ten years, with the goal of better understanding of how the brain develops, changes over time, and how it makes us who we are.

Madhu Manivannan

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Madhu is an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator working in the UCSF Decision Lab with Dr. Winston Chiong. Madhu recently graduated from NYU with BA degrees in psychology and public health. As an undergraduate student, she worked as a research coordinator in Dr. Emily Balcetis’ Social Perception and Motivation Lab, and she completed her honors thesis studying the effects of health message framing on intentions to exercise.

William Mantyh, MD

Behavioral Neurology Clinical Fellow

With a background in healthcare economics in both in the US and rural Ecuador, neuropathic pain, and translational science research involving anti-nerve growth factor for bone cancer pain, Dr. Will Mantyh became engaged in team-based approaches to discover therapies for patients suffering from the epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease. After joining the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF, he is working under the mentorship of Dr. Gil Rabinovici and Dr.

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