Lab Members

Our core team within the Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging at UCSF is composed of experienced neuroimaging researchers and clinical research support staff, as well as student trainees. Please visit their pages to learn more about their research and clinical backgrounds. 

Melanie Morrison

Melanie Morrison, PhD (she/her)     
Principal Investigator
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Dr. Morrison is an Assistant Professor in the Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Department and a core member of the UCSF-UC Berkeley Joint PhD Program in Bioengineering. She received her PhD in Medical Biophysics in 2016 from the University of Toronto. She oversees all research activities and provides mentorship to lab members.

 

Sarah Wang PhD UCSF

Sarah Wang, PhD (she/her)  
Clinical Research Manager
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Dr. Wang is the Director of Operations and Clinical Research for UCSF’s Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center. She received her PhD in Neuroscience and Psychology from Dartmouth College. She manages study recruitment and scheduling for the lab.

Skyler Deutsch

Skyler Deutsch, BS (she/her)     
Staff Research Associate 2 

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Skyler Deutsch is a recent National Science Foundation REPS fellow and marine biology graduate from San Francisco State University who joined the lab in 2023 as a Staff Research Associate. She develops and manages our imaging database, performs data analyses, and leads patient research visits.

 

Devin Schoen

Devin Schoen, MS (she/her)     
Graduate Student Researcher

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Devin Schoen is a graduate student in the Bioengineering joint Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley and UCSF who joined the lab in 2023. She earned her BS in Physics in 2020 from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and her MS in Medical Physics in 2022 from Oregon Health and Science University. She is working to build models that predict DBS outcomes for Parkinson's Disease using multi-modal imaging markers.

David Mikhael

David Mikhael, BS (he/him)     
Graduate Student Researcher

David Mikhael graduated with a BSc from Minerva University in 2023 after studying Data Science and Cognitive Neuroscience. He was also a Ci2 Program summer intern in 2023. David uses Machine Learning to analyze fMRI data for two simultaneous projects: predicting DBS effectiveness in Parkinson's and understanding therapeutic DBS mechanisms in OCD.

 

Lee Reid

Lee Reid, PhD (he/him)     
Professional Researcher

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Dr. Lee Reid splits his time between the Departments of Psychiatry and Radiology. His background includes multimodal MRI, physiology, and software engineering. Lee focuses on building MR processing tools to improve the safety and efficacy of deep brain stimulation.

Juhi Mehta

Juhi Mehta, BS (she/her)     
Clinical Research Coordinator
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Juhi is a Clinical Research Coordinator at UCSF who earned her BS in bioengineering in 2023 from UCLA. She coordinates study recruitment, organizes patient research visits, and conducts data analyses.

 

Philip Shih

Philip Shih, BA (he/him)     
Medical and Graduate Student Researcher

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Philip Shih is a medical student at UCSF who joined the lab in 2023 through the Visit-a-Mentor Program and UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program. He was selected for the 2023 Summer Explore Fellowship and is currently investigating the efficacy of diffusion MRI biomarkers for predicting patient outcomes following deep brain stimulation therapy.

Lucia Wests

Lucia West, BS (she/her)     
Medical Student Researcher

Lucia West is a medical student at UCSF who joined the lab in 2021 through the Visit-a-Mentor Program. She was selected for the RIDR Program and has continued investigating whether diffusion MRI images can effectively predict Parkinson’s disease symptom response to deep brain stimulation. In a recent interview, she was asked about her experience in the RIDR program – read about it!

 

Radhika Bhalero

 

Radhika Bhalerao, BS (she/her)     
Research Data Science Specialist

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Radhika Bhalerao is a research data science specialist at UCSF who earned her BS in bioengineering and data science from UC Berkeley in 2021. She works with both the Rauschecker lab and Morrison lab, specifically within our group  developing temporal fMRI biomarkers of Parkinson's disease motor symptoms.

Annie Liu

Pei Ting (Annie) Liu, BA (she/her)     
Research Administrative Officer

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Annie Liu is a research administrative officer at UCSF who earned her BA in psychology from UC Los Angeles in 2021. She provides administrative support for the lab and other groups within the radiology department.

 

Phyllis Kwok

Phyllis Kwok (she/her)  
Summer Research Intern

Phyllis Kwok is a summer intern through the BioESP program. She is a rising sophomore at UC Berkeley who studies bioengineering. She will be working on the DBS electrode localization project, which analyzes the regions of stimulation in dystonia patients.

 

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Rawan Khalifa (she/her)     
Summer Research Intern

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Rawan is an undergraduate student at Minerva University majoring in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, and minoring in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology. As a Ci2 summer intern, she is working on utilizing machine learning to analyze the correlation between electrode locations for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and clinical outcomes of Parkinson’s disease patients.

 

Past Members

Our past members are currently completing their medical training or pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Their research contributions have led to authorship on conference abstracts and scientific articles, awards for symposium presentations, and substantial funding for the lab. Visit the Join our Lab page to learn more about the research programs our past members have participated in.

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2021:

  • Amirah Johnson, CURE high school summer intern
  • Isyss Lyon, CURE high school summer intern
  • Latisha Pryor, BS, RIDR medical student summer intern
  • Sharmaine Khana, SEP high school summer intern
  • Sadie Walter, BS, RIDR medical student summer intern