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Marilu Gorno Tempini, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry
Charles Schwab Distinguished Professorship in Dyslexia and Neurodevelopment
Director, Language Neurobiology Laboratory
Co-Director, UCSF Dyslexia Center
Co-Director, UCSF Dyslexia Center and the UCSF|UC Berkeley Schwab Center for Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity
Neurology

Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini is a behavioral neurologist, currently directing the Language Neurobiology laboratory of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and serving as the neurology lead of the UCSF Dyslexia Center. She obtained her medical degree and clinical neurology specialty training in Italy, and has a PhD in the neuroimaging of language from University College London.

Rian Bogley

Database Architect
Neurology

Rian graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2018 with a B.S. in Biology. He is now the ALBA Lab and Dyslexia Center's Database Architect after having been a Clinical Research Coordinator for 3 years.

Eduardo Caverzasi, MD, PhD

Assoc RES-FY
M_Neurology

Dr. Caverzasi is a radiologist working as an associate specialist in the Memory and Aging Center. His research specializes in primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and dyslexia. 

Jessica de Leon, MD

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Neurology

Dr. Jessica de Leon received her undergraduate degrees in neuroscience and Spanish at Johns Hopkins University and an MD with thesis degree at UCSF. She then completed a medicine internship and neurology residency at UCSF, where she served as chief resident. She completed a fellowship in behavioral neurology and is currently an assistant professor at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC). Her research focuses on how bilingualism, language typology, and genetics affect the symptoms, neuroimaging, and progression of primary progressive aphasia and related neurodegenerative disorders.

Zoe Ezzes

Research Speech-Language Pathologist
Neurology

Zoe is a speech-language pathologist at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center with a B.S. in Cognitive Science with specialization in neuroscience from UC San Diego and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Vanderbilt University.

Andrea Gajardo Vidal, PhD

Postdoc Scholar
Neurology

Andrea is a Postdoctoral Scholar with a background in Speech-Language Pathology and Clinical Neuropsychology. Prior to joining the ALBA Lab in early 2021, she completed an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, a PhD in Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience and worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher, all under the supervision of Prof. Cathy Price at University College London.

Sarah Inkelis, PhD

Postdoc Scholar
Neurology

Sarah Inkelis is a neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow at the UCSF Dyslexia Center. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program and completed her internship in pediatric neuropsychology at the UCLA Semel Institute. Her postdoctoral research at UCSF will focus on understanding the phenotype of dyslexia across the lifespan.

Robin Irey, PhD

Specialist
M_Neurology

Margo Kersey

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator
Neurology

Margo graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Cognitive Science. She has previously worked at UCLA’s Computational Vision and Learning Lab and German research center Forschungszentrum Jülich. Margo currently works in the Dyslexia Center, with a focus on math cognition and neuroimaging.

Jana Klein

Operations and Development Manager
Neurology

Andrea Lollini

Sr. Research Fellow Professor
Neurology

Andrea Lollini is Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of Law and at the University of Bologna (Italy). He has been awarded a EU Marie Curie Global Fellowship (2015-2018) in support of his project: “Neurodiversity between Law and Science”. His interdisciplinary research aims to explore the intersection between Law and Science, with a particular interest in studying how fundamental rights are transformed by new developments in neurosciences.

Diego Lorca Puls, PhD

Postdoc Scholar
Neurology

Diego is a Postdoctoral Scholar with a background in Speech-Language Pathology (BSc at Universidad de Concepcion) and Clinical Neuropsychology (PGDip at Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile). Prior to joining the ALBA Lab in early 2021, he completed an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, a PhD in Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience and worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher, all under the direct supervision of Prof. Cathy Price at University College London.

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