People

Principal Investigator


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

Fanny Elahi is a board-certified physician-scientist and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Pathology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Elahi’s work focuses on the role of the brain’s vascular system as people age, examining the link between small blood vessels and neurodegeneration. She is passionate about translating laboratory discoveries into clinical applications, and aims to inspire hope for a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and rare genetic disorders such as CADASIL.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Stephen Fitzsimons, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

To be added soon.

Krystal Belmonte, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
krystal.belmonte@ucsf.edu

Krystal was born in Hawaii, raised in Las Vegas, and graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology and Minor in mathematics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She went on to work as a research technician at the Mayo Clinic before completing her PhD in Physiology from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Her dissertation work focused on epigenetically-induced intergenerational resilience in a mouse model of vascular cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID), where she utilized behavioral and electrophysiological techniques. As a postdoc, Krystal is excited to expand her knowledge into human studies with a particular interest in resilience against neurodegenerative diseases. Outside of lab, Krystal loves everything about her cat, Zippys, dancing, and eating!

Graduate & Medical Students

Daniel Bennett
MD Candidate
daniel.bennett@ucsf.edu

Daniel grew up in Berkeley, CA and received his B.A. in Neuroscience from Pitzer College in 2017. He then worked as a field biology researcher in the high eastern sierras, and shortly after, as a clinical researcher and retinal imaging technician in Dr. Ari Green’s lab at the UCSF Division of Neuroimmunology and Glial Biology. Here, he became fascinated by the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges of neurodegeneration in the central nervous system. His research focuses on the development of biomarkers that may aid in differential diagnosis, prognostication, or response to therapy in neurodegenerative disease. He is now a UCSF medical student, and likes to surf, ski, and play tennis in his free time. 

Scott Treiman
MD Candidate
Scott.Treiman@ucsf.edu

Bio will be added.

Research Associates

Bradley Oh
Associate Researcher
bradleyoh@berkeley.edu

Bradley grew up in San Jose, CA and joined the lab as an undergraduate intern in fall 2020. He worked for two years on imaging enlarged perivascular spaces, promising markers of vascular changes in the brain. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology – Immunology in 2022 and now analyzes changes in protein expression in CADASIL. Bradley has a fascination with CADASIL and is very excited to be working towards therapeutics for it. He has previously characterized tau protein in Alzheimer’s at UC Santa Barbara and developed iPSC-cardiomyocyte disease models at a Bay Area biotech company. In his free time, Bradley enjoys surfing, rock climbing, growing plants, and reading sci-fi.

Ryan Park
Clinical Research Coordinator
ryan.park@ucsf.edu

Ryan is a research coordinator at the Elahi Lab. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S. in Microbiology. In college he worked as a breast cancer researcher at UCSD Moore’s Cancer Center. He joined VascBrain in January 2022 to gain experience in clinical research with a focus on neurovascular disease. Ryan is interested in many aspects of clinical research, from interactions with participants and collection of data, to data analytics. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys cooking new recipes and exploring new hiking trails.

Emma Iorio, BS
Staff Research Associate
emma.iorio@ucsf.edu

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.

Yasmine Tabdili, BS
Junior Specialist
yasmine.tabdili@ucsf.edu

Yasmine joined the Elahi Lab as a junior specialist in July 2021. She is excited to contribute to a better understanding the link between vascular disease and proteinopathy in the brain. She grew up in Mission Viejo, CA and graduated in May 2020 from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology. As an undergraduate, she assisted with improving the “shock and kill” approach to HIV cure at the Siliciano Lab. She is currently applying to medical schools for entry in Fall 2022, and in her free time likes to run, play tennis, and spend time with her family and friends.

Undergraduates

Connor Dean Maclennan
Undergraduate Intern
cmaclennan@mail.sfsu.edu

I am a biochemistry and political science major passionate about further studying the biochemical properties of related age-related neurodegeneration. For fun, I like to travel, go on hikes, watch Netflix, and hang out with my cat. 

Earnest Wang
Undergraduate Student
earnestwang@berkeley.edu

Earnest is currently a senior at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Public Health and Economics. During his time at the MAC, Earnest has worked on a joint neuroimaging project focused on patients genetically predisposed to develop frontotemporal dementia (FTD), estimating the number, volume and load of enlarged perivascular spaces (ePVS). Earnest has also created masks identifying ePVS, more recently working towards distinguishing ePVS with enlarged perforated vessels in patients with cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL). After graduating, Earnest hopes to pursue medicine and a graduate degree in healthcare management and administration.

Alumni

Nivetha Brathaban, MS
Sasha Saias, BS
Isaac Solomon, BS