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Carolyn Fredericks, MD

Behavioral Neurology Fellow

Carolyn Fredericks, MD, joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in July 2014 as a behavioral neurology fellow. She completed her AB/ScB degrees at Brown University in classics and neuroscience, then received her MD from Stanford University, where she also completed her internship in internal medicine. She went on to a residency in neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and UCSF. Her prior research experience includes studies of genetic influences on corticolimbic circuits in individuals with bipolar disorder, functional neuroimaging studies of reward processing in both healthy and bipolar individuals, and exploration of the inflammatory response to psychosocial stress in healthy young women. She is currently working with Drs. Bill Seeley and Virginia Sturm in an effort to better understand the effects of genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease on psychosocial measures and intrinsic brain connectivity.

Julio C. Rojas, MD, PhD

Behavioral Neurology Fellow

Julio Rojas received his medical degree from the Tecnológico de Monterrey School of Medicine in Monterrey in Nuevo León, Mexico. He completed his doctoral studies in neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation on Strategies of neuroprotection in an in vivo model of retinal degeneration induced by mitochondrial dysfunction. He completed his neurology residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. In 2014, he joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center where he is a behavioral neurology fellow. Dr. Rojas provides care to patients with various neurodegenerative disorders and collaborates in the evaluation of patients for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) and frontotemporal dementia program project grant. Dr. Rojas’ is interested in experimental neurotherapeutics, and his research focuses on the use of mitochondrial interventions for cognitive enhancing and neuroprotective purposes and their effects on brain functional connectivity.

Emma Hare

Senior Research Coordinator

Emma is a senior research coordinator working on Dr. Boxer’s clinical trials and is the primary study coordinator for a phase I corticobasal syndrome and progressive supranuclear palsy treatment trial.

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

Analyst

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.

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