People

Fanny Elahi, MD, PhD
Principal Investigator
fanny.elahi@ucsf.edu

Fanny Elahi is a clinician-scientist with training in neurology, fellowship in neurodegenerative disorders, and doctoral training in functional neurogenetics. With a patient-centered approach, her work is focused on advancing understanding of vascular contributions to neurodegenerative disease (VCID) and the development of biomarkers that would improve early diagnosis and treatment of VCID. Fanny’s wet bench research is tightly associated with clinical activities that draw inspiration from patients with vascular disease, neurobehavioral dysfunction, and brain degeneration. Fanny is an advocate for open science and greatly values collaboration.

Emma was born and raised in New Jersey, and later moved to California to pursue her education. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S in Psychology and a Minor in Mathematics. With her never-ending interest in the relationship between the brain and behavior, she intends to continue her education in Behavioral Neuroscience. She is eager to study and better understand the brain, in hopes to help those who suffer from behavioral and cognitive impairments. Outside of the lab, you can find Emma taking her dog for a nice long hike or going on adventures with her camera to capture beautiful landscapes.

Issac Solomon
Medical Student

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Bradley Oh
bradleyoh@berkeley.edu
Undergraduate Intern

Bradley Oh is a third-year undergraduate at UC Berkeley studying Molecular and Cell Biology. He joined the Elahi lab in the fall of 2020 and is interested in immunology and neurobiology. He has previously worked on characterizing tau protein in Alzheimer’s at UC Santa Barbara and developing iPSC-cardiomyocyte disease models at a Bay Area biotech company. In his free time, Bradley enjoys listening to alternative rock, playing basketball, trying to surf, growing plants, and reading sci-fi.

Alumni

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Sasha Saias
Research Coordinator
sasha.saias@ucsf.edu

Sasha (Alexandra) Saias graduated in 2020 from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in Molecular Cell Biology. She joined the Elahi lab as a research coordinator, focusing primarily on CADASIL and other vascular dementias. Sasha intends on attending medical school in the hopes of translating her background in the sciences into both a patient and research centered clinical career. Outside of the lab, Sasha runs, drinks too much coffee, and pretends to read classical novels.

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Nivetha Brathaban
Staff Research Associate

It was the time when I first admired reading about “what human cells can do” and the unsolved mysteries behind “how they do it” that drove me to choose a career path in the field of Biology. I completed my Bachelor’s in Biotechnology in Chennai, India where I was born and raised. My Bachelor’s research project in Medicinal Biochemistry further escalated my curiosity to explore more which brought me to United States. I graduated with a Master’s in Biotechnology from The University of Texas at Dallas which is a remarkable journey where my research was on Mitochondrial DNA. My journey embellished in 2019 when I started my job as Staff Research Associate II at Dr. Elahi’s research laboratory at UCSF Memory and Aging Center. We are working on biomarker discovery for vascular cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) using exosomes. ‘I love my job’ and enjoy making arts and crafts from waste, drawing and painting in my free time.

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