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Noelle Ohanesian

Asst. Clinical Research Coordinator

Originally from upstate New York, Noelle graduated from Duke University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and a history minor. While attending school, she worked as a research assistant in Duke's Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, running a study examining the effects of acute stress on memory retention. She also spent a summer working for the Behavioral Lab in the Duke University Fuqua School of Business studying social mimicry in anorexic subjects. Outside of her academic interests, she worked as the Program Director of Duke’s backpacking organization, Project WILD, in which she directed one- and two-week backpacking programs for the freshmen class. Noelle joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in June 2014 as a member of the clinical trials team under Dr. Adam Boxer. She is a research coordinator for the asymptomatic Alzheimer’s disease trial.

Caitlin Glennon


Caitlin joined the Memory and Aging Center in March 2014. She is currently an analyst working on Dr. Boxer’s clinical trials and research studies. She previously worked in the Department of Neurology at UCSF with the Stroke Sciences Group on both industry and NIH-funded clinical trials.

Collin Adams

Research Coordinator

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Collin graduated from Villanova University in 2011 as a double major in biology and philosophy. During his college summers he volunteered at the UNM Biomedical Research Center studying angiogenesis in GFP mice and interned at the Mayo Clinic studying elastase-induced aneurysms in rabbits. Collin helps coordinate the acute HIV-infection study (SEARCH 010) and contributes to other projects as well.

In his time off, he enjoys birding, biking, going to shows, cultivating friendships and exploring all the corners of beautiful San Francisco.

Daniel Schonhaut

Research Coordinator

Daniel Schonhaut is a research associate with Dr. Rabinovici and works on amyloid imaging projects.

Emmeline Chuu

Research Coordinator

Emmeline received a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where she completed her thesis on molecular cell biology, focusing on estrogen-mediated regulation of gene expression. Emmeline joined Dr. Adam Boxer’s clinical trials team at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in December 2013.

Dan Luong

Research Coordinator

Dan Luong graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with a B.S. degree in biology. At Stanford, Dan performed honors research in the Department of Neurology investigating the characteristics of a novel neuronal protein. He also spearheaded a public health program at the Stanford Emergency Department evaluating clinical tools that identify alcohol misuse and abuse in adolescents. On weekends, Dan serves as a Vietnamese interpreter and the supplies coordinator at Pacific Free Clinic, which serves uninsured populations in San Jose, California.

Dan joined the Memory and Aging Center in 2014, where he coordinates the 4-Repeat Tauopathy Neuroimaging Initiative (4RTNI). This longitudinal study aims to develop robust biomarkers to improve reliability for new treatment studies in neurodegenerative diseases and to better understand disease progression.

Matt Wynn

Research Coordinator

Matt is a study coordinator for the Hillblom Aging Network, a longitudinal study of what constitutes normal aging and what early cognitive declines are associated with neurodegenerative disease, and the Aging and Cognitive Decline project, a longitudinal study that aims at identifying the cognitive mechanisms and neural structures that underlie the decline in executive functioning observed in normal aging.

He graduated in June 2013 from UC San Diego with bachelor’s degrees in both cognitive science (with a specialization in neuroscience) and philosophy. While there, he completed an undergraduate honors thesis under the direction of Professor Ben Bergen in the Language and Cognition Lab. In his thesis project, he investigated the role of individual differences in cognitive style as they pertain to task-switching paradigms.

In addition to his studies and work, Matt enjoys many hobbies, including watching sports (the Giants, Forty-Niners, Sharks, and Warriors), reading philosophy, and traveling to nearby breweries in search of delicious craft beer.

Panos Theofilas, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Panos Theofilas is a postdoctoral fellow in the research group of Dr. Grinberg at UCSF Memory and Aging Center since 2012. His research focus is on neuropathological changes and susceptibility of subcortical brain regions in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD). His project takes advantage of the great availability of elderly controls from the Brain Bank of the Brazilian Aging Study Group and UCSF Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank in order to characterize the susceptibility of brainstem nuclei in AD. Dr. Theofilas’ research methodology includes analysis of different components of human brain circuitries as a whole by combining unbiased stereology, immunohistochemistry/biochemical assays and making use of advanced 3D computer graphics for histological volume reconstructions. His academic background include a BSc degree in zoology and a MSc degree in neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh in the UK. He completed his doctorate degree at Bonn University in Germany on programmed cell death signaling pathways in animal models of temporal lobe epilepsy and acquired expertise in stereotaxic brain surgery and molecular biology techniques.

Sophie Lin, PhD

Research Coordinator

Sophie joined Dr. Adam Boxer’s clinical trials team at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in 2013. Sophie is the primary study coordinator for several clinical trials.

She completed her doctorate degree in pathobiology at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine and her undergraduate degree at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

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