Virginia Sturm, PhD - Assistant Professor

Virginia Sturm, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. After undergraduate work at Georgetown University, she received her PhD degree in clinical psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and subsequently completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF. Her research centers on laboratory measurement of emotion and social behavior in patients with neurodegenerative disease. Dr. Sturm directs the Clinical Affective Neuroscience (CAN) Laboratory located in the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and affiliated with the UCSFCenter for Psychophysiology and Behavior (CPB).


Suzee Lee, MD - Assistant Professor

Dr. Lee received a BA degree in English from Harvard and an MD degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She then completed an internal medicine internship at Brown University and neurology residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, serving as Chief Resident in her final year. Dr. Lee completed a behavioral neurology fellowship at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. She is a neurologist who evaluates and treats patients at the Memory and Aging Center. Dr. Lee's research focuses on neuroimaging in atypical dementias, such as corticobasal degeneration and frontotemporal dementia. Her interests also include understanding genetic susceptibility in atypical dementias. Dr. Lee directs the Dementia Imaging Genetics Laboratory at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.


Marilu Gorno Tempini, MD, PhD

Dr. Gorno Tempini is a behavioral neurologist with a doctorate degree in imaging neuroscience and currently directs the Language & Neurobiology Laboratory at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC). She obtained her medical degree and clinical specialty training in neurology in Italy. Dr. Gorno Tempini’s main focus was in behavioral neurology, particularly the neural basis of higher cognitive functions such as language and memory. To pursue this research she worked for three years at the Function Imaging Laboratory, University College London, where she obtained her PhD degree in imaging neuroscience. She was part of the language group, and her thesis work consisted of several positron emission tomography (PET) and functional MRI studies investigating the neural basis of face and proper name processing. In 2001, Dr. Gorno Tempini began her work at the MAC as a fellow and has since become a full professor. For the last 12 years she has applied her expertise in cognitive neurology and neuroimaging to the study of neurodegenerative disease, in particular primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). She has extensive experience in neurology and neuroscience and in the use of behavioral and neuroimaging paradigms to study language symptoms and their neural mechanisms.



Ana Sias - Research Coordinator

Ana graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Psychology. As an undergraduate she worked as a research assistant in Cognition and Action Laboratory, studying motor inhibition during response preparation. Ana joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center in October 2014 and assists Dr. Suzee Lee in neuroimaging analyses of patients with rare dementias.


Isabel Sible - Research Coordinator

Isabel joined the lab in May 2015. As a research coordinator to Drs. Bill Seeley and Virginia Sturm, she assists in examining social and emotional behavior and network organization of patients of neurodegenerative disease. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 with a BA degree in Cognitive Science. While at Cal, she volunteered in Dr. Robert Levenson's Berkeley Psychophysiology Lab, exploring social and emotional changes that can occur in neurodegenerative diseases. During her last year at Cal, Isabel completed an Honor's Thesis in Dr. Robert Knight's Cognitive Neuroscience Lab that focused on reconstructing music from intra-cranial recordings of the human brain.

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