Pia is a San Francisco native of Latino and Indian descent. She received her bachelor's degree in the biological basis of behavior in 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, Pia researched the effect of low birth weight on the behavioral and central nervous system (CNS) response to stress under the direction of Dr. Teresa Reyes, PhD. In addition, Pia has a background in adolescent counseling, women's health and clinical volunteering. She is presently part of the Volunteer Health Workers Program at the Women's Community Clinic in San Francisco.
After exploring clinical research in Kolkata, India as well as volunteering in the Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery Research Departments at San Francisco General Hospital, Pia joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC) in 2011. She is excited to be involved in research again and is thrilled to be working with such a comprehensive team.
Pia works with Dr. Gil Rabinovici at the MAC and in the Jagust Lab at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. Dr. Rabinovici's research focuses on pairing clinical presentation of disease with FDG and PIB PET imaging techniques. The hope is that these techniques will increase the ability of clinicians to better understand and accurately diagnose neurodegenerative disease in the pre-clinical stages.