People

Gil Rabinovici, MD

Principal Investigator
Neurology

Dr. Rabinovici is the Edward Fein and Pearl Landrith Endowed Professor in Memory & Aging. He received his BS degree from Stanford University and MD from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed an internship in internal medicine at Stanford University, neurology residency (and chief residency) at UCSF and a behavioral neurology fellowship at the Memory and Aging Center (MAC).

Alinda Amuiri

Assistant CRC
Neurology

Alinda is an East Bay native and graduated from the Xavier University of Louisiana in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She now works as an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator to help support and coordinate the research studies in the Rabinovici Lab and the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. 

Jalayne Arias, JD

Assistant Professor
Neurology

Jalayne’s research uses empirical legal research methods and qualitative research to explore the legal, ethical, and policy challenges associated with diagnosing and identifying risk for Alzheimer’s disease in adults under the age of 65. Her K01 seeks to develop insurance and employment anti-discrimination protections based on preclinical biomarker status.

Marianne Chapleau, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher
Neurology

Dr. Chapleau is a clinical neuropsychologist and postdoctoral scholar at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in the RabLab led by Dr. Gil Rabinovici. She completed a BSc degree in psychology and a PhD degree in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Montreal. She received dual training in clinical neuropsychology and neuroimaging research. Her research interests include age-related neurodegenerative diseases, neuropathology, multimodal neuroimaging (PET, MRI) and healthy aging.

Miranda Chen

Research Coordinator
Neurology

Miranda was born and raised in Palo Alto, California, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. She is now working as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Rabinovici Lab to help coordinate the New IDEAS study as well as other studies examining the utility of innovative neuroimaging techniques and other biomarkers for the improved diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Gillian Chen

Administrative Assistant II
Neurology

I am an administrative assistant for Dr. Gil Rabinovici (and Dr. Howie Rosen). I help assist with the administrative needs for him and his lab. I also manage his scheduling, travel, and other miscellaneous tasks as needed.

Ashley DuBord

Research Assistant
Neurology

Ashley was born in San Francisco and raised in both New York City and Marin County. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with a Cellular Developmental Biology emphasis and a Minor in Dance. 

Ashley now assists with PET/MRI processing and analysis to support the Rabinovici Lab’s efforts to image tau, amyloid, and metabolism in Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders. 

Leonardo Iaccarino, PhD

Asst. Prof. Res.
Neurology

My work focuses on the use multi-modal PET and MRI imaging to study the relationships between pathology and neurodegeneration in the Alzheimer's Disease spectrum. Other than that, I am webmaster, event planner, well known for bringing good luck to the Warriors, Meme generator, defending traditional Italian cuisine and much more.

Renaud La Joie, PhD

Assistant Professor
Neurology

Nidhi Mundada

Research Assistant
Neurology

As a Research Assistant, Nidhi assists with processing and analysis of amyloid and tau PET scans and supports ongoing studies at the MAC that require PET processing.  

Ranjani Shankar

Research Coordinator
Neurology

Ranjani works to coordinate research studies in Dr. Rabinovici’s lab and the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

Karen Smith

Clinical Research Supervisor
Neurology

Ms. Smith is the Clinical Research Supervisor working directly with the Rabinovici Lab and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She works closely with both faculty and staff in monitoring operational issues, regulatory compliance and project development. Ms. Smith brings many years of experience in clinical and non-clinical trials across a variety of funding mechanisms and disciplines. Prior to coming to the Memory and Aging Center in April 2019, Ms.

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