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Scientific Collaborators

James Brewer,MD,PhD 

Associate Professor of Radiology and Neurosciences. Dr. Brewer is the Principal Investigator for the UCSD Human Memory Laboratory. His research uses functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study memory processes in volunteers with healthy memory and in patients with memory difficulties, such as in Alzheimer's disease (AD). This research focuses upon the medial temporal lobe (MTL), which shows selective damage early in the course of AD.

Harvey Checkoway, PhD, MPH 

Adjunct Professor of Neurosciences. Dr. Checkoway's main areas of research and teaching are occupational and environmental risk factors for chronic diseases. Recent examples of research projects for which he is principal investigator are studies of: environmental and genetic risk factors for Parkinson's disease; occupational exposures and risks for cancer and parkinsonism among Shanghai women textile workers; parkinsonism among welders.

Hector Gonzalez, PhD 
Associate Professor of Neurosciences. Dr. Gonzalez served as Principle Investigator of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (SOL), Neurocognitive Reading Center, which is the largest study of Latino neurocognitive health and aging to-date. Dr. González is PI of the Study of Latinos-Investigation of neurocognitive aging (SOL-INCA), which is a SOL ancillary study examining sociocultural, cardiometabolic and genomic risks of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and ADRD among diverse Latinos.
Jose Soria completed his undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences at Florida International University in Miami, Florida and obtained his Medical Degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed neurology residency training at UCSD and joined UCSD ADRC in 2018. He is currently furthering his training at the ADRC as a neurology fellow with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases. His research interests include evaluating clinical-neuropathological correlations of dementia and neuropathological makers of cognition.
Professor of Neurosciences; Program Director of Clinical Fellowship for Dementia; Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Director. Dr. Galasko is interested in clinical and basic research on Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative disorders. In particular, he has focused on biological markers and genes related to AD, and understanding the clinical course and ways to intervene in AD. He has specifically done research on cerebrospinal fluid markers, subtypes of Alzheimer's Disease, and genetic risk factors of AD.

Associate Professor of Radiology. His research focuses on using radiological techniques to diagnose and treat various cardiac, pulmonary, and oncological diseases. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University. 

SAIC Endowed Chair Distinguished Professor, Chair of Nanoengineering; Prof. Wang's research focuses on the field of nanobioelectronics and nanorobotics in the Laboratory for Nanobioelectronics.  Prof. Wang's contributions have greatly enhanced the power and scope of applications of nanomachines and have had major impacts upon the fields of wearable sensors, the use of nanomaterials in bioanalysis, and upon the growing popularity of electroanalytical techniques.

Tzyy-Ping (TP) Jung, PhD 

Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering; Center for Advanced Neurological Engineering INC and IEM, Co-Director; Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience Institute for Neural Computation (INC), Associate Director. Dr. Jung's long-range goal for research is to integrate methods in neural engineering and computation with basic scientific and clinical knowledge of the nervous system to improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neurological diseases.


Harsimran S. Baweja, PhD 

Associate Professor of Neuroscience; Neuromechanics and Neuroplasticity Laboratory, Director. Dr. Baweja is a clinical neuroscientist and aims at understanding the neural mechanisms underlying movement control and learning across the lifespan and in persons with movement disorders arising from nervous system pathologies. His research then use these discoveries to translate them into innovative and meaningful interventions and rehabilitation paradigms.
Associate Professor of Surgery; Center For Voice and Swallowing, Director. Dr. Weissbrod is attracted to Laryngology because it encompasses the most human of functions: breathing, talking, and swallowing. Eating and communicating are at the root of how we function on a societal and cultural level. Addressing these issues can lead to significant quality of life improvements, especially in patients who are professional voice users or who have complex disease processes such as head and neck cancer, stroke, or neurologic disease.
Distinguished Professor of Neurosciences and Chair of Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. Dr. Cleveland's laboratory has focused in two major directions. Molecular genetics and cell biology of mammalian chromosome movement and spindle assembly during mitosis: interests are in deciphering the mitotic checkpoint, major mechanism in mammals that insures delivery of every chromosome to each daughter cell during mitosis. Molecular genetics of axonal growth and motor neuron disease: Using transgenic and gene targeted mice, the principles that support axonal growth are being identified as are ways in which errors in the scaffolding structure within axons lead to disease.

  David Higgins, PhD 

  Parkinson's Association, President; Parkinson's Action Network, Assistant State Director,      California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), Parkinson's Patient Advocate. In his late    40’s Higgins began experiencing Parkinson’s symptoms and in 2011 was diagnosed with PD    himself. Higgins has become an advocate for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers and    uses his personal experiences to work to improve quality of life issues through education,    support, increase research funding leading ultimately to a cure.