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Suzee Lee, MD, Principal Investigator

Dr. Lee received a BA in English from Harvard College in Cambridge, MA and an MD degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She then completed an internal medicine internship at Brown University followed by neurology residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, serving as Chief Resident in her final year. Dr. Lee completed a behavioral neurology fellowship at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She is a neurologist who evaluates and treats patients at the Memory and Aging Center. Dr. Lee's research focuses on neuroimaging in atypical dementias, such as corticobasal degeneration and frontotemporal dementia. Her interests also include understanding genetic susceptibility in atypical dementias.

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Current members

Taru Flagan, PhD,  Research Scientist Taru received a bachelor of science degree in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego and completed a PhD in psychology in the Self-Regulation Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. She joined the Dementia Imaging Genetics Lab in 2017 to support neuroimaging methods for understanding the underlying biology of genetic variants of frontotemporal dementia.  

Taru Flagan, PhD,  Research Scientist

Taru received a bachelor of science degree in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego and completed a PhD in psychology in the Self-Regulation Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. She joined the Dementia Imaging Genetics Lab in 2017 to support neuroimaging methods for understanding the underlying biology of genetic variants of frontotemporal dementia.






 

Stephanie Chu, Research Associate Stephanie graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience. She worked as a research assistant in the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior, and Pharmacology at the Semel Institute at UCLA, where she assisted Dr. Aimee Hunter and Dr. Andrew Leuchter with research on depression and related psychiatric disorders using EEG data. Stephanie joined the Dementia Imaging Genetics Lab in 2017, where she assists Dr. Suzee Lee with neuroimaging studies examining the role of genetic risk factors and mutations in frontotemporal dementia.

Stephanie Chu, Research Associate

Stephanie graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience. She worked as a research assistant in the Laboratory of Brain, Behavior, and Pharmacology at the Semel Institute at UCLA, where she assisted Dr. Aimee Hunter and Dr. Andrew Leuchter with research on depression and related psychiatric disorders using EEG data. Stephanie joined the Dementia Imaging Genetics Lab in 2017, where she assists Dr. Suzee Lee with neuroimaging studies examining the role of genetic risk factors and mutations in frontotemporal dementia.

Ethan Geier, PhD,  Post Doctorate Ethan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology and earned a PhD in 2013 from the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco in the laboratory of Dr. Kathleen M. Giacomini. His dissertation work focused on characterizing how membrane transporter proteins influence drug penetration across the blood-brain barrier. After graduate school, Ethan co-founded Apricity Therapeutics with Dr. Giacomini to create safer, more effective therapies for pediatric diseases using technology he helped develop during his dissertation work. Ethan joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2015 to study how genetic variation contributes to the development of neurodegenerative diseases.

Ethan Geier, PhD,  Post Doctorate

Ethan graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology and earned a PhD in 2013 from the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco in the laboratory of Dr. Kathleen M. Giacomini. His dissertation work focused on characterizing how membrane transporter proteins influence drug penetration across the blood-brain barrier. After graduate school, Ethan co-founded Apricity Therapeutics with Dr. Giacomini to create safer, more effective therapies for pediatric diseases using technology he helped develop during his dissertation work. Ethan joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2015 to study how genetic variation contributes to the development of neurodegenerative diseases.

Silvia Russo, MD, Visiting Neurology Resident Silvia is a Visiting Scholar at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She obtained her MD from the San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy, and is a Neurology Resident at the University of Milan, Italy. She joined the Lee Lab in August 2016. She is learning to apply voxel-based morphometry and resting-state fMRI to understand the influence of genetics on the early stage of frontotemporal dementia. Silvia plans to pursue neurology and neuroscience training in the USA. Her favorite part of the brain is the prefrontal cortex.

Silvia Russo, MD, Visiting Neurology Resident

Silvia is a Visiting Scholar at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She obtained her MD from the San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy, and is a Neurology Resident at the University of Milan, Italy. She joined the Lee Lab in August 2016. She is learning to apply voxel-based morphometry and resting-state fMRI to understand the influence of genetics on the early stage of frontotemporal dementia. Silvia plans to pursue neurology and neuroscience training in the USA. Her favorite part of the brain is the prefrontal cortex.

 

Alumni

Janet La, Visiting Scholar Janet is currently a medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology. At the Memory and Aging Center, Janet studied new genetic mutations implicated in dementia and their role in cerebral atrophy using structural neuroimaging techniques.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Janet La, Visiting Scholar

Janet is currently a medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology. At the Memory and Aging Center, Janet studied new genetic mutations implicated in dementia and their role in cerebral atrophy using structural neuroimaging techniques.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Anna Vidovszky, Research Intern Anna worked as a volunteer in the Lee lab. She is an undergraduate student at the University of San Francisco working on her psychology degree with a neuroscience minor. She worked as a research assistant in Dr. Wendy Mendes' Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology Lab as a freshman. Anna plans on applying to medical school. Her favorite brain region is the amygdala.                                       

Anna Vidovszky, Research Intern

Anna worked as a volunteer in the Lee lab. She is an undergraduate student at the University of San Francisco working on her psychology degree with a neuroscience minor. She worked as a research assistant in Dr. Wendy Mendes' Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology Lab as a freshman. Anna plans on applying to medical school. Her favorite brain region is the amygdala.                                     



 

Anna Khazenzon, Research Associate Anna assisted Dr. Suzee Lee with neuroimaging studies evaluating the role genetic risk factors play in atypical dementias. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 with a degree in cognitive neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she worked in Dr. Matthew Walker's Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab investigating the role of reward in memory using fMRI and in Dr. Damian O. Elias' Animal Communication and Behavior Lab studying courtship plasticity in the male jumping spider. Anna is currently a PhD student advised by Dr. Anthony Wagner at the Stanford Memory Lab at Stanford University.

Anna KhazenzonResearch Associate

Anna assisted Dr. Suzee Lee with neuroimaging studies evaluating the role genetic risk factors play in atypical dementias. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012 with a degree in cognitive neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she worked in Dr. Matthew Walker's Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab investigating the role of reward in memory using fMRI and in Dr. Damian O. Elias' Animal Communication and Behavior Lab studying courtship plasticity in the male jumping spider. Anna is currently a PhD student advised by Dr. Anthony Wagner at the Stanford Memory Lab at Stanford University.

Ana Sias, Research Associate Ana graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in psychology. As an undergraduate she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Richard Ivry's Cognition and Action Lab studying motor inhibition during response preparation. Ana joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2014 and assisted Dr. Suzee Lee in neuroimaging analyses of patients with atypical dementias. Her favorite brain region is the hypothalamus. She is currently pursuing her PhD in neuroscience at UCLA.

Ana Sias, Research Associate

Ana graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in psychology. As an undergraduate she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Richard Ivry's Cognition and Action Lab studying motor inhibition during response preparation. Ana joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2014 and assisted Dr. Suzee Lee in neuroimaging analyses of patients with atypical dementias. Her favorite brain region is the hypothalamus. She is currently pursuing her PhD in neuroscience at UCLA.

Eena Kosik, Research Intern Eena worked as a volunteer in the Lee lab. She is an undergraduate student at University of California, Berkeley and has been a research assistant in Dr. Robert Levenson's Psychophysiology Lab. She is extremely fascinated by the mind, particularly scientific approaches to consciousness.  

Eena Kosik, Research Intern

Eena worked as a volunteer in the Lee lab. She is an undergraduate student at University of California, Berkeley and has been a research assistant in Dr. Robert Levenson's Psychophysiology Lab. She is extremely fascinated by the mind, particularly scientific approaches to consciousness.





 

Michael Neylan, Research Associate Michael graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2011 with a degree in psychology. He began working at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2012 investigating frontotemporal dementia with Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Adam Boxer. In 2013, Michael began working with Dr. Suzee Lee researching genetic variants of frontotemporal dementia. Michael plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Michael NeylanResearch Associate

Michael graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2011 with a degree in psychology. He began working at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2012 investigating frontotemporal dementia with Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Adam Boxer. In 2013, Michael began working with Dr. Suzee Lee researching genetic variants of frontotemporal dementia. Michael plans to pursue a career in medicine.

Heidi Foo, Visiting Scholar Heidi was a visiting research scholar from the National Neuroscience Institute in Singapore, where she used neuroimaging techniques to investigate the neurobiological processes underlying Parkinson's disease and dementia. At the Memory and Aging Center, Heidi learned seed-based resting state functional neuroimaging techniques using SPM, and made observations in clinical research evaluations. Heidi plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience.                                                                                                          

Heidi FooVisiting Scholar

Heidi was a visiting research scholar from the National Neuroscience Institute in Singapore, where she used neuroimaging techniques to investigate the neurobiological processes underlying Parkinson's disease and dementia. At the Memory and Aging Center, Heidi learned seed-based resting state functional neuroimaging techniques using SPM, and made observations in clinical research evaluations. Heidi plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience.                                                                                                          

Alainna Brennan Brown, Research Associate Alainna is currently a medical student at the University of Washington. She assisted Dr. Suzee Lee with neuroimaging studies of frontotemporal dementia, particularly voxel-based morphometry and resting-state fMRI analyses of cases associated with the C9ORF72 hexanucleotide expansion and with progranulin mutations. Alainna completed her bachelors degree at Washington University in St. Louis in neuroscience and biomedical physics and worked as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Kurt Thoroughman's Neural Computation and Motor Behavior Lab. Her favorite brain region is primary motor cortex.

Alainna Brennan BrownResearch Associate

Alainna is currently a medical student at the University of Washington. She assisted Dr. Suzee Lee with neuroimaging studies of frontotemporal dementia, particularly voxel-based morphometry and resting-state fMRI analyses of cases associated with the C9ORF72 hexanucleotide expansion and with progranulin mutations. Alainna completed her bachelors degree at Washington University in St. Louis in neuroscience and biomedical physics and worked as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Kurt Thoroughman's Neural Computation and Motor Behavior Lab. Her favorite brain region is primary motor cortex.


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