Baber Khan completed his bachelor of arts degree with an emphasis in neurobiology at the University of California Berkeley in 2009. While studying as an undergraduate, Baber joined the Memory and Aging Center in February 2007 as a volunteer research assistant on a variety of projects investigating endocrine, psychiatric and time perception changes in patients with neurodegenerative diseases. In 2010, Baber became a research coordinator on the project Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Images and Emotions. He now works closely with Dr. Bruce Miller and other members of the Memory and Aging Center to better understand and qualify a broad spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases.
Outside of the Memory and Aging Center, Baber enjoys an active lifestyle and can be found rock climbing, playing tennis or running around the streets of San Francisco. He is also a huge fan of college football and can be found planted in front of his TV on college game day. Baber intends on pursuing medical school and using the background of his experience at the Memory and Aging Center to assist him in his future specialization in neurology.
Teresa Wu graduated from Stanford University with a BA degree in human biology in 2010. At Stanford, Teresa did research in molecular neurobiology and completed an honors thesis studying the genetic mechanisms underlying neuron development. During her undergraduate years, she volunteered as a health educator addressing the issues of teen relationship abuse and spent time in rural Japan working with children suffering from emotional disturbances.
Teresa joined the Memory and Aging Center in June 2010. She is the research coordinator for the study, Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Images and Emotions. This observational study aims to better characterize neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia with the goal of developing better diagnostic tools for the diseases.
When she has the chance, Teresa enjoys horseback riding in fresh morning air and hiking under the stars in the peace of night.
Trishna Subas graduated from UC Berkeley in 2009 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Prior to coming to the Memory and Aging Center, she worked in the Berkeley Psychophysiology Lab investigating dementia and its connection to emotional functioning, as well as a variety of projects surrounding emotion and social interaction. She also worked in social psychology at the Mills Lab, a study which has followed a cohort of women from 1958 to the present.
Trishna joined the Memory and Aging Center in July 2010. Her primary role is managing the New Approaches to Dementia Heterogeneity grant, which follows patients with the goal of learning more about dementia to improve early detection and clinical care for patients. Additionally, she conducts cognitive testing with clinic patients, gathers MRI data on participants at the Neuroscience Imaging Center and assists in the validation of new diagnostic criteria for dementia.
Marissa Urbano graduated from Stanford University in 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree in Human Biology. While at Stanford, Marissa aided studies on both Fragile X syndrome and deep brain stimulation in idiopathic Parkinson's disease at the Stanford Medical Center. Upon graduating, she volunteered with AmeriCorps to start and manage a mentoring program for at-risk youth, as well as provided emergency medical response as an Emergency Medical Technician in Fresno County.
Marissa joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2009. She coordinates both the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative and the Neuroimaging in Frontotemporal Dementia study. Both longitudinal studies are aimed at determining which imaging modalities and biomarkers help predict the onset and monitor the progression of neurodegenerative disease.
When she is not furthering her exploration of the human mind, Marissa enjoys hiking and backpacking in the California wilderness.
Jacob graduated with a BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut as a double major in neuroscience as well as biology. Jacob then received his MA from Wesleyan by continuing his undergraduate research on cell death in a mouse model of epilepsy.
After deciding to move to the West Coast, Jacob drove across the country and began work in the Memory and Aging Center with Dr. Adam Boxer. As Dr. Boxer's research associate, Jacob coordinates and conducts a study on eye movements and their ability to shed light on the normal aging process. The goal of the research is to develop quick, easy and effective tasks for identifying the early stages of cognitive decline.
Robert Nicholson graduated from University of California, Davis in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. While at UC Davis, he worked as a research coordinator for a United States Air Force Reserve - 349th Aeromedical Staging Squadron.
In 2007 Robert joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC) as a research assistant on the study entitled Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Images and Emotions. Since joining the MAC, he has collaborated with several other projects: New Approaches to Dementia Heterogeneity, Cognitive Health and Brain Vulnerability in Aging Insulin Resistant Patients, Epileptiform Activity in Neurodegenerative Disease, Phase II Alzheimer's disease clinical trial, and the Latino Memory Clinic. Robert now works for the MAC's clinical trials team. Robert is the primary study coordinator on Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia treatment trials, including an oral antagonist Phase III trial and an oral antagonist Phase IV trial.
Oscar was born in Mexico and moved to Colorado at the age of eight, where he resided until he left for college. He attended Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Anthropology in 2006. While in school, Oscar became involved with a longitudinal research project focusing on the economic, social and cultural influences of health and healthcare in central Mexico.
After graduating, Oscar worked for almost two years with Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University, looking at treatment adherence and health disparities of Latino, African American asthmatic children. He arrived at the Memory and Aging Center in the winter of 2008, and since then has been coordinating Dr. Rosen's emotions research. The emotions research ranges from dementia patient's insight into their cognitive abilities to presenting cognitive tasks that evoke measurable physiological reactions.
Kelly Creighton completed her Bachelor of Arts at Stony Brook University in 2005. Kelly was involved in behavioral medicine research in New York, first with a project examining the coping patterns of chronic pain patients and later with a study of the physiological and psychological risk factors of masked hypertension.
Kelly joined the dynamic team at the Memory and Aging Center (MAC) in 2007 to pursue her interest in aging studies and end-of-life care. As coordinator of the Autopsy Program, she educates patients and families involved in the MAC clinic and research. Kelly helps families plan for autopsy and coordinates the autopsy process at the time of passing. She maintains a profound respect for those who choose to make this invaluable contribution to further knowledge of the mechanisms of healthy aging and neurodegenerative disease. In her time away from the MAC, Kelly is a classically-trained pianist, experimental cook and beach lover.