People

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Top L-R: Feng Mei, PhD; Yun-An Shen; Sonia Mayoral, PhD; Stephanie Redmond; Ainhoa Echeverria, PhD
Bottom L-R: Kae-Jiun Chang, PhD; Jonah Chan, PhD; Lindsay Osso
Jonah Chan

Jonah Chan

principal investigator

Jonah received his BS in Biochemistry and a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University with Professor Eric Shooter. Jonah is currently the Debbie and Andy Rachleff Distinguished Professor of Neurology. He is the recipient of the NMSS Career Transition Award, Baxter Foundation Scholar Award, the Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Award and the Barancik Prize for Innovation. Jonah is a member of the Program in Neurosciences, the Biomedical Sciences Program and the MS Research Group at UCSF.
Simon Pan

Simon Pan

graduate student

Simon received his B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University, where he first became interested in developmental neuroscience while working on light-dependent development of intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells in Dr. Samer Hattar's lab. He is currently an MSTP graduate student in the neuroscience program at UCSF and joined the Chan Lab in 2016. Simon is interested in the basic mechanisms governing oligodendrocyte development/myelination and their translational applications to multiple sclerosis and glial cancers.
Sonia Mayoral

Sonia Mayoral

postdoc

Sonia received her BS in Molecular Biology at San Jose State University and followed it with a postbac at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine where she studied remyelinating antibody signaling with Dr. Charles Howe and Dr. Moses Rodriguez. She later received her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford University School of Medicine where she examined sex differences in brain injury associated with preterm birth in the lab of Dr. Anna Penn. Sonia joined the Chan lab in June 2012 as an IRACDA postdoctoral fellow and is examining the role cell death plays in the development and maintenance of the pool of oligodendrocyte progenitors in the brain.
Trung Huynh

Trung Huynh

lab manager

Trung received his BS in Microbiology from UC Davis in 2001. He joined Dr. Samuel Pleasure's lab at UCSF in 2007 as a lab manager and has since expanded to managing Dr. Stephen Fancy's lab in 2013 and Dr. Jonah Chan's lab in 2017. Over the course of time in the Pleasure lab he has worked with graduate students and post-docs on various projects focusing on forebrain development. Currently, he is part of a collaborative effort to identify novel auto-antibodies that contribute in non-infectious autoimmune encephalitis within the UCSF Center for Next-Gen Precision Medicine Diagnostics. He has previously been a lab manager for Dr. Noelle L'toile and Hwai-Jong Cheng labs at the Center for Neuroscience, UC Davis and as an EH&S technician at UNLV.
Lindsay Osso

Lindsay Osso

graduate student

Lindsay graduated from McGill University in 2014 with a BS in Neuroscience. She is currently a PhD student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at UCSF and joined the Chan lab in 2015. She is interested in how glial cells and neurons interact to regulate brain function. Her research focuses on how interactions between OPCs and other cell types in the brain regulate OPC differentiation and myelination. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, sports, traveling, and being outside!
Kae-Jiun Chang

Kae-Jiun Chang

postdoc

Kae-Jiun Chang received his BS in Life Science from National Tsing Hua University and MS in Microbiology and Immunology from National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan. He received his PhD in Developmental Biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He joined the Chan lab in December 2014 and is interested in how neurons and myelinating glia interact to regulate myelination.
Sarah Raissi

Sarah Raissi

postdoc

Sarah received her BS in Neuroscience from Brandeis University, where she studied hippocampal synapse development in the lab of Dr. Suzanne Paradis. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from Harvard University, investigating chemotherapy-induced degeneration of peripheral sensory neurons in the lab of Dr. Rosalind Segal. Sarah joined the Chan lab in January 2017 and is interested in cell-cell interactions that regulate oligodendrocyte maturation and myelination.
Kelsey Rankin

Kelsey Rankin

assistant specialist

Kelsey received her BA in Developmental and Regenerative Biology from Harvard University in 2015. She joined the Chan lab as an assistant specialist in 2016. Kelsey is here working on a joint project between the Chan lab and Dr. Riley Bove. The project seeks to determine the oligodendrocyte differentiation and subsequent remyelination potential of a targeted compound discovered in a high-throughput screen.
Ari Green

Ari Green

collaborating principal investigator for clinical trials

Ari Green, MD, MCR is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology at UCSF. He received his MD from Duke University during which time he spent 2 years as a Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellow. He completed medical internship and Neurology residency followed by fellowship training in Neuroimmunology and Neuroophthalmology at UCSF before joining the faculty. Dr. Green was awarded the first AAN/NMSS Early Career Award and an NIH sponsored K award from the UCSF Clinical-Translational Science Institute. He received an early career award from HHMI and was named a National MS Society Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar. He currently holds the title of Debbie and Andy Rachleff Distinguished Professor in Neurology.
Riley Bove

Riley Bove

collaborating principal investigator

Dr. Bove graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College, with a summa cum laude within Anthropology. She then took several years to travel the world on a Fulbright grant, learning from patients and families through ethnographic and film work. She returned to Harvard, where she obtained her MD, then completed her residency in the combined Massachusetts General Hospital - Brigham and Women’s Hospital Partners Neurology program, and her clinical research fellowship at the Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center. She obtained a Masters Degree through Harvard Medical School’s Clinical Investigator Training Program and has received research support from the National Institutes of Health and the National MS Society, among others. Dr. Bove joined the UCSF Faculty. Her research interests lie in seeking new strategies and targets to promote neurological recovery, including through emerging technologies and hormonal modulation. In her clinic, she is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for women (including during childbearing and menopause) and men with MS.
Stephen Fancy

Stephen Fancy

collaborating principal investigator

Stephen P.J. Fancy, D.V.M., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology at UCSF. He was trained in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and held a Postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatrics at UCSF. His research focuses on a variety of human white matter diseases including MS and newborn brain injuries (Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy and Periventricular Leukomalacia) that cause cerebral palsy and cognitive disabilities.
Edward Wahyu

Edward Wahyu

financial analyst

Edward Wahyu received his BS in Finance from California State University, Los Angeles. He received his MS in Finance from Woodbury University in Burbank. Edward started working at University of California, San Francisco in 2005. He is the post-award analyst for the Department of Neurology. He is an honorary member of the Chan lab and supports all administrative and financial issues. In his free time he enjoys traveling around the world!

Former Lab Members

Benjamin K. Ng, PhD

Sheila S. Rosenberg, PhD

Eve E. Kelland, PhD

Asia R. De La Torre, MD

Kathryn A. Lewallen, PhD

Eleonora Tokar, MD

SY Christin Chong, PhD

Bridget E. Ostrem, MD, PhD

Angela T. Hahn, PhD

Seonok Lee, PhD

Edna Miao

Aya Abounasr, MD

Feng Mei, MD, PhD

Ainhoa Echeverria, PhD

Stephanie Redmond, PhD

Yun-An Shen, MS