Kathleen Poston, MD, MS
Dr. Kathleen Poston is Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurosciences and, by courtesy, Neurosurgery. Dr. Poston received her Bachelor’s of Science in Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University. She also obtained her medical degree from Vanderbilt University and then completed her Neurology residency training at UCSF, where she was Chief Resident. She completed a fellowship in clinical Movement Disorders under the mentorship of Dr. Stanley Fahn at Columbia University and post-doctoral training in Functional Neuroimaging with Dr. David Eidelberg at the Feinstein Institute.
When not at the lab, Dr. Poston enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She is an avid animal lover and, if not for her husband’s voice of reason, would adopt every stray who crosses her path. She currently shares her home with two loving cats. As a former competitive swimmer and synchronized swimmer, she is also an exercise enthusiast and is currently training for a triathlon.
Marian Shahid, MSc
Marian received her Bachelor's of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California, Davis and her Master's of Science in Clinical Research Organization and Management from Drexel University. Before joining the Poston Lab, Marian worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at UCSF in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology on various pharmacokinetic studies looking at nicotine metabolism and the effect on cognition in smokers, and the clinical pharmacology of electronic cigarettes. Marian is interested in learning more about cognitive decline and behavioral changes in individuals with Parkinson's disease. While not at work, Marian enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing volleyball and basketball, and watching her favorite Bay Area sports teams (go Warriors!).
If you are interested in participating in our research studies, please contact Marian at:
Phone: (650) 723-0060
Matthew A.I. Ua Cruadhlaoich
Matt began his neuroscience career in in vitro electrophysiology, investigating via multielectrode arrays, whole-cell patch-clamp recording, and computational modeling the medullary neurons that modulate respiration. After half a decade of work in this area, and stumbling along the way into an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a master's in neuroscience from Yale, he finally saw the light and, subsequent to a brief foray into patent law, converted to the more sublime faith of functional neuroimaging. He spent a year in a VA cognitive neurophysiology and audiology lab before coming to Stanford, where he currently focuses on resting-state functional connectivity in Parkinson's patients and 7 T structural imaging of the midbrain, previously having investigated morphology in subjects genetically susceptible to Alzheimer's disease and connectomics questions calling for novel techniques in big-data analytics, all in anticipation of an eventual return to graduate school to carry out a neuroimaging-based dissertation. When not working, Matt is usually busy correcting misspellings and mispronunciations of his surname.
Kristen Wheeler, PT, DPT
Kristen graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University where she studied Exercise Science. Following her undergraduate training, she received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University in 2014. She worked as a physical therapist primarily with the geriatric population in home health and skilled nursing facilities. After working in healthcare for several years, Kristen realized that there is a need for major improvements in diagnosing and treating various conditions. This led to her desire to become involved in research. Kristen hopes to bring her clinical background into the research world to help discover ways of making a greater impact in the lives of the patients she has treated. She recently moved from Colorado to California and joined the Poston Lab in August 2020. Outside of work, she enjoys running, hiking and going on adventures with her husband and golden retriever.
Since Erin was young, she has carried around a notebook to jot down thoughts and observations about the world around her. As she aged, she learned to channel this curiosity into research. Past projects have ranged from developing a clean oil sand extraction method to investigating neuronal remodeling at the Weizmann Institute to determining visual attention strategies via eye tracking at Harvard Medical School. Most recently, she developed FacePrint, a tool to detect and monitor Parkinson’s disease using video technology and early-stage facial expression indicators. Erin’s research has been awarded at an international level, and she was recently recognized in Forbes 30 under 30. Erin is currently a freshman at Stanford. In her free time, Erin enjoys going hiking, finding creative ways to achieve her bucket list (most recently living in a treehouse in the Costa Rican jungle), and spending time with family and friends.
Clinical Research Coordinator
§ Michele graduated from San Jose State University in 2019, where she studied Biology with a concentration in Systems Physiology and a minor in Chemistry. She contributed to research with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's MIRT program in Chile, and San Jose State University's White Cancer Biology Lab. Michele's role in the ADRC and Pacific Udall Center focuses on outreach to the Hispanic/Latino community to participate in research. In her free time, she likes to garden and spend time with her dog Lucas.
Clinical Research Coordinator
T’Lesa Meadowcroft earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She worked as a research assistant in psychology and, after graduation in 2010, as a neuropsychometrist at the University of Utah Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research. In 2015, she became a Certified Specialist in Psychometry and moved to Stanford Health Care as a clinical psychometrist, before joining us at the ADRC and Pacific Udall Center.
Clinical Research Coordinator
Veronica Ramirez is a research assistant for the Clinical Core of the Stanford ADRC. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of New Orleans. As an undergraduate at the University of New Orleans, she worked as a lab assistant in the department of psychology. After receiving her bachelor’s, she worked as a psychometrist and Clinical Research Coordinator at a private neuropsychology practice in New Orleans. Much of her work has involved research in behavioral neurology and forensic neuropsychology.
Christina B. Young, PhD
Dr. Christina B. Young received her BS in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She then went on to graduate school at Northwestern University and obtained a MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Neuropsychology, as well as an additional MS in Statistics. During her graduate school training, she received two grants from the National Science Foundation, which promoted her research and allowed her to spend one year at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in the Netherlands. She completed her clinical internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and a post-doctoral fellowship in the Psychiatry Department at Stanford before joining the Poston Lab in January 2020.
Christina is interested in using multimodal imaging approaches, including fMRI, MRI and PET, to investigate neuropsychiatric and cognitive symptoms in neurodegenerative diseases. She aims to better understand the neural mechanisms underlying these symptoms with the ultimate goal of identifying clinically applicable biomarkers. Outside of the lab, she loves dogs, especially her two dogs - Clark and Addison, is active in the shelter community, and plays basketball.
Research Coordinator (AAV2-Neuturin)
Clinical Research Manager
Emma co-manages (with Maria Coburn) the Neurology & Neurosurgery Clinical Trial Team consisting of 20 coordinators conducting 70+ clinical trials. Emma graduated from Carnegie Mellon and previously coordinated at the Stanford Stroke Center and at the Stanford Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience Laboratory. Emma is delighted to be the primary study coordinator for our Parkinson’s clinical trials and looks forward to bringing cutting edge therapies to our patients. On the personal side, Emma loves her 2 big dogs plus all things dog related.