Alumni


Robert Jr Laforce, MD PhD

RABLAB Position & Year: Visiting Scholar (2011)
RABLAB Activities: Worked on multivariate models (parallel ICA) of FDG-PET and PiB-PET in three conditions with underlying Alzheimer’s pathology and was also involved at the MAC seeing patients.
Current: Associate Professor, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada
Publications: Laforce et al., 2014 NeuroImage Clinical 

 


Richard Tsai, MD

RABLAB Position & Year: Assistant Professor of Neurology Faculty (2015-2018)
RABLAB Activities: Worked on 18F-Flortaucipir imaging in frontotemporal dementia syndromes and saw patients for the EOAD project, as well as collaborating at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.
Current: Associate Medical Director at Denali Therapeutics, South San Francisco, CA
Publications: Tsai et al., 2019 Alzheimer's Research & Therapy

 


 

Alexandre Bejanin, PhD

RABLAB Position & Year: PostDoctoral Fellow (2015-2016)
RABLAB Activities: Worked on tau-PET imaging in Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration, and was involved in a project about longitudinal volume and metabolic changes in frontotemporal dementia.
Current: Research Fellow, Unidad de Memoria de Sant Pau – Servicio de Neurología, Barcelona, Spain
Publications: Bejanin et al., 2017 Brain; Bejanin et al., 2020 Neurology

 


Rik Ossenkoppele

RABLAB Position & Year: Post-doctoral Researcher (2014-2016)
RABLAB Activities: I worked on tau PET in Alzheimer's Disease, network spread of tau pathology, brain atrophy in atypical variants of AD and we characterized the behavioral variant of AD. 
Current: Senior researcher at Amsterdam University Medical Center (the Netherlands) and Lund University (Sweden), and luckily still collaborating with Gil!
Publications: Ossenkoppele et al., 2019 NIMG:Clinical, Ossenkoppele et al., 2016 Brain, Ossenkoppele et al., 2015 Brain, Ossenkoppele et al., 2015 HBM, Ossenkoppele et al., 2015 Neurobiol Aging.


Brendan Cohn-Sheehy

RABLAB Position & Year: Staff Research Associate
RABLAB Activities: Under Gil's mentorship, I conducted individual and collaborative research which sought to improve diagnostic biomarkers (e.g. amyloid PET versus autopsy correlations, structural MRI, FDG PET) that capture early-onset and atypical Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementias, and chronic brain injury. I coordinated these research endeavors with the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, the UC Berkeley lab of William Jagust, M.D., and Dr. Rabinovici's national and international collaborators.
Current: MD/PhD student at UC Davis
Publications: coming soon!


Gautam Tammewar

RABLAB Position & Year: Research Associate (2013-2016)
RABLAB Activities: I started working under Gil as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley in 2013 and joined the lab full-time after graduating in 2015. As an undergraduate, I completed an honors thesis entitled "Longitudinal Analysis of Atrophy in 4 Variants of Alzheimer's Disease". While at the MAC, I managed the processing of PET scans for various projects and helped inaugurate the MAC PET Rounds.
Current: Medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio
Publications: coming soon!

 


Ashley Mensing

RABLAB Position & Year: Project Manager (2015-2017)
RABLAB Activities: I managed the IDEAS study and provided administrative support to the lab.
Current: Research assistant at the Taub Institute at Columbia University and soon to be MA student at Columbia beginning in the fall.
Publications: coming soon!

 


Adrienne Visani

RABLAB Position & Year: Research Associate (2016-2018)
RABLAB Activities: I joined the lab-full time after graduating from USC in 2016. During my time at the MAC, I processed and QC-ed PET and MRI data for patients seen at the MAC, helped develop the MAC PET Didactic series, and conducted analysis for various projects related to tau and longitudinal atrophy, asymmetry of imaging biomarkers in EOAD, and 18F-Flortaucipir uptake in FTD syndromes and CTE.
Current: Medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, working in Dr. Tammie Benzinger's lab at the Knight ADRC, St. Louis MO
Publications: coming soon!

 


Viktoriya Bourakova

RABLAB Position & Year: Research Assistant (2017-2019)
RABLAB Activities: Viktoriya Bourakova is a Research Assistant worked with PET imaging to study hypometabolism, amyloid, and tau in neurodegenerative disease. She processed and analyzed multisite PET data across healthy control and atypical patient populations.
Current: Clinical Research Coordinator in clinical trials at the Neuroimmunology clinic at Stanford University.
Publications: coming soon!

 


Kiran Chaudhary

RABLAB Position & Year: Lab Manager (2017-2019)
RABLAB Activities: Kiran was a project manager responsible for coordination of two national, multi-site studies, IDEAS and LEADS.
Current: Scientific Officer at Centre for Brain Research, Indian Institute if Science
Publications: coming soon!

 


Krystal Karunungan

RABLAB Position & Year: Research Coordinator (?-2019)
RABLAB Activities: -
Current: Currently in Med school at UCLA
Publications: coming soon!

 


Orit Lesman-Segev

RABLAB Position & Year: Post-doc (2017-2019)
RABLAB Activities: Orit 1) analyzed and interpreted scans and clinical information for various UCSF studies as well as national multisite studies including Imaging Dementia-Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS study), and Longitudinal Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Study (LEADS), and 2) constructed independent research that focused on the diagnostic utility of multimodal brain imaging including PET (amyloid-PET, tau-PET, FDG-PET) and structural MRI for earlier, more accurate, and pathophysiology driven diagnostics for neurodegenerative conditions (including Alzheimer’s disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and frontotemporal lobar degeneration).
Current: Neuroradiology fellow at Sheba medical center, at Tel HaShomer, Israel
Publications: Lesman-Segev et al., 2019 NIMG:Clinical; Lesman-Segev et al., 2021 Annals of Neurology


Andreas Lazaris

RABLAB Position & Year: Research Coordinator (2011-2016)
RABLAB ActivitiesAndreas worked as a member of the Rab Lab for three years as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, where he completed his honors thesis entitled "Subtyping PPA: Towards a Quantitative Approach to Classification of Primary Progressive Aphasia Using [18F] FDG-PET and Domain-Specific Cognitive Performance". Andreas continued his work with the lab after graduation for two years as the PET Research Coordinator at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

After many great years with the Rab Lab, Andreas completed his MD and MSc in Primary Care- Population Medicine at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School. At Brown, he completed a graduate thesis on the subjective experiences of older adults aging in institutional settings. He is now a resident physician at the Mount Sinai Downtown Residency in Urban Family Medicine, completing his training at the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Institute of Family Health in Downtown Manhattan, NYC.

Current: Resident physician at the Mount Sinai Downtown Residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Institute of Family Health in Downtown Manhattan, NYC.
Publications: coming soon!


Karine Provost

RABLAB Position & Year: Nuclear Medicine Physician - Visiting Scholar (2019-2020)
RABLAB Activities: Dr. Provost is a nuclear medicine physician from Montreal, Canada with expertise on brain positron emission tomography (PET) imaging. She was actively involved in interpretation of research brain PET studies for the LEADS study with various radiotracers. Her current research focuses on visual assessment of 18F-Flortaucipir and correlation with other biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease.
Current: Nuclear medicine physician, Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, Université de Montréal
Publications: Provost et al., 2021 JCBFM; Provost et al., 2021 EJNMMI


Taylor Mellinger

RABLAB Position & Year: Research Coordinator (2018-2020)
RABLAB Activities: In my time at the MAC, I was a coordinator for our Longitudinal Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Study (LEADS), Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), and our PET collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley Labs. I enjoyed learning about Alzheimer’s Disease and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy from both working on research in the RabLab and spending time with our wonderful patients and families.
Current: Medical school at Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
Publications: coming soon!


William Mantyh

RABLAB Position & Year: Clinical Fellow (2018-2020)
RABLAB Activities: co-site Investigator for LEADS and ADNI. Clinical Fellow. 
Current: Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Publications: Mantyh et al., 2020 JAMA Neurology

 


Lauren Edwards

RABLAB Position & Year: Research Coordinator (2017-2018); Research Assistant (2018-2020)
RABLAB Activities: Lauren joined the lab as a research coordinator for the Tau Imaging with AV-1451 and Early Onset and Atypical Alzheimer’s Disease studies. In 2018, she transitioned to a research assistant position where she processed and analyzed PET imaging data obtained from MAC participants. Lauren also administered cognitive tests and acquired MRIs for the Longitudinal Early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease Study (LEADS), and conducted research on sex differences in Alzheimer's disease PET biomarkers.
Current: PhD student at the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, working with Dr. Katherine Bangen.
Publications: Edwards et al., 2021 Neurobiology of Aging


Julie Pham

RABLAB Position & Year: Research Coordinator (2016 - 2020)
RABLAB Activities: Julie was involved in the recruitment and implementation of the Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease (EOAD) study, Longitudinal Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Study (LEADS), and projects within the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC). Her research interests focused on relationships between emotion and cognition as well as factors that influence decision-making in dementia care. 
Current: Southern Methodist University's PhD Program in Clinical Psychology, working with Dr. Holly Bowen.
Publications: Coming soon!

 

 


Amelia Strom

RABLAB Position & Year: Research associate (2018-2021)
RABLAB Activities: I processed PET data for various MAC projects and assisted in analyses for studies on plasma tau biomarkers, longitudinal amyloid PET, and more. I also conducted independent research on correlates of glucose metabolism PET and created the RabLab Concepts Handbook.
Current: PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program
Publications: Strom et al., 2021 Brain