Mormino Lab Team

Early Tau accumulation is detected within the medial temporal lobe using Tau PET imaging. 

Elizabeth Mormino, PhD, Principal Investigator

Dr. Beth Mormino completed a PhD in Neuroscience at UC Berkeley in the laboratory of Dr. William Jagust, where she performed some of the initial studies applying Amyloid PET with the tracer PIB to clinically normal older individuals. This initial work provided evidence that the pathophysiological processes of Alzheimer’s disease begin years before clinical symptoms and are associated with subtle changes to brain regions critical for memory.  During her postdoctoral fellowship with Drs. Reisa Sperling and Keith Johnson at Massachusetts General Hospital she used multimodal imaging techniques to understand longitudinal cognitive changes among individuals classified as preclinical AD.  In 2017, Dr. Mormino joined the faculty at Stanford University in the department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences.  Her research program focuses on combining imaging and genetics to predict cognitive trajectories over time, and the integration of novel PET scans to better understand human aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

Faculty

Kyan Younes, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology and Neurological Sciences

Dr. Kyan Younes is a behavioral and cognitive neurologist. He cares for people living with memory, language, executive, visuospatial, behavioral, or psychiatric symptoms. He completed an epilepsy research fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, a neurology residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and a behavioral neurology fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. His recent research projects focused on characterizing patients with right anterior temporal degeneration and on understanding the role of the glymphatic system in neurodegenerative illnesses. His broad focus involves implementing various neuroimaging approaches to achieve early and accurate diagnosis of patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

Post-docs

Tammy Tran, PhD

Dr. Tammy Tran is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology working with Dr. Anthony Wagner and Dr. Elizabeth Mormino on the Stanford Aging and Memory Study. She is currently a Stanford ADRC REC Fellow and is interested in exploring the earliest signs of decline using structural and functional MRI in cognitively normal older adults.  Tammy received her PhD at Johns Hopkins University in 2019 and received training in neuropsychology and high-resolution functional and structural neuroimaging, studying cognitively normal older adults and patients with Alzheimer’s disease.  


Ali Trelle, PhD


Joe Winer, PhD

Joe Winer completed his PhD in Psychology at UC Berkeley working with Matthew Walker and William Jagust. During his PhD, Joe combined objective and subjective sleep assessment with PET imaging to investigate connections between sleep disruption and Alzheimer's disease in the context of healthy aging. In the Mormino Lab, Joe plans to explore how tracking sleep and other factors in everyday life can provide information about brain health and cognitive trajectories in aging and neurodegenerative diseases. 


Christina Young, PhD

Christina Young received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University in 2018 after completing her clinical internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she specialized in Neuropsychology. Her research throughout her graduate training and initial post-doctoral position in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford focused on using neuroimaging, primarily fMRI, to better understand mood and anxiety disorders. She then joined the Mormino Lab in January 2020 as a postdoctoral fellow and pivoted her research to investigating cognitive decline and development of neuropsychiatric symptoms in neurodegenerative diseases through multimodal imaging approaches.

Graduate Students

Olamide Abiose

Olamide Abiose is a Neuroscience PhD student who joined the Mormino laboratory in December 2019. Her research is focused on the relationship between stress biomarkers and Alzheimer’s disease pathology, as well as brain network topology. She received her bachelor's degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. Afterwards, she received a Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before joining the lab, she worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Law, Brain & Behavior. She was also a member of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory led by Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett and Dr. Karen Quigley at MGH/Northeastern University. Outside of lab, Ola enjoys traveling, exploring new coffee shops, and hosting potlucks.

Residents

Travis Urban, MD

Travis Urban is a current Stanford neurology resident who joined the Mormino lab in July of 2020. He completed his BS in Bioengineering from Stanford University in 2011 and then completed his MD at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2018. His prior research experience focused mostly on the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration. He joined the Mormino lab with the goal to develop expertise in multimodal neuroimaging and to study biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, hiking, and trying to get on Jeopardy!

Clinical Research Coordinators

America Romero

America graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2021 with a major in Psychology and minors in Statistics and Child Development. At Cal Poly, she conducted research in Dr. Kelly Bennion’s lab, studying retroactive interference and facilitation in learning and memory. America’s senior thesis investigated how divided attention affects emotional false memory. America joined the Mormino and Wagner laboratories in September 2021 to further explore her interests in neuroimaging, memory and aging while working on the Stanford Aging and Memory Study.  


Hillary Vossler

Hillary graduated from Trinity College in 2017 with a major in neuroscience and a minor in history. At Trinity, she executed an independent research project studying interventions for patients with mild cognitive impairment. Before coming to Stanford, she worked on the US POINTER Study, a behavioral trial that aims to assess whether an intensive lifestyle intervention can protect cognitive function in older adults who are at increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia. She joined the Mormino lab in June 2021 to further explore her interests in neuroimaging and to investigate the early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Outside of work, Hillary enjoys traveling, hiking, and skiing.

Data Analyst

Gabriel Kennedy

Gabriel received his B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University in 2019, where he conducted research in the Spatial Cognition Laboratory investigating navigation and spatial memory. In addition, he has previously volunteered at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation where he dealt with research relating to drug use and behavior. He joined the Mormino and FIND laboratories in June 2019 to further explore his interests in neuroimaging as well as examine the cognitive process and genetic influences that cause and are affected by Alzheimer's Disease and other related neurodegenerative disorders.