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Our Team 

Principal Investigator 

  • Jennifer Graves, M.D., Ph.D., MAS

    Jennifer Graves, M.D., Ph.D., MAS

    Dr. Jennifer Graves is a neurologist with fellowship training in multiple sclerosis and neuro-ophthalmology. She earned a PhD in Molecular Biophysics from the University of Texas Southwestern and Master's Degree in Clinical Research Methods and Biostatistics from the University of California San Francisco. Prior to joining faculty at UC San Diego, she was as Assistant Professor in Neurology and Ophthalmology at UCSF and Co-Director of the UCSF Pediatric MS Center. She has served as a Director for an international course of clinical research design and has mentored undergraduate and medical students, residents and fellows. She has received grants from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, NIH, and Race to Erase MS and has served as investigator for several industry and investigator-initiated trials.

    Her most recent work has focused on the influence of biological aging on multiple sclerosis phenotype and leveraging biosensor technology from the computer control industry to better assess MS progression. She has also made contributions to the field of MS risk factor research, studying the role of genes and the environment on pediatric-onset disease. Through studies of puberty and menopause, she has described the influence of these reproductive transitions on disease course in girls and women. As a neuro-ophthalmologist she has studied both afferent and efferent outcome measures in adult and pediatric MS. Lastly, she has reported on important biological effects of disease modifying therapies including rebound effects following withdrawal of fingolimod and non-B cell effects of rituximab.

Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Fellows

  • Jennifer Yang, M.D.

    Jennifer Yang, M.D.

    Dr. Jennifer Yang started her joint fellowship in Neuroimmunology and Neurometabolics in July 2021. She completed her medical degree at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and her residency in Child Neurology at UCSD/RCHSD where she served as Chief Resident. Her future career goals involve the clinical management and research of pediatric white matter diseases. Prior basic science experiences  include a phase II clinical trial study and pre-clinical animal models for Alzheimer’s disease, and the cellular and physiological mechanism behind the glial response to gliomas. Her clinical research includes autoimmune encephalitis, pediatric multiple sclerosis, and mitochondrial disease. Her work has led to several peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. In her free time, Dr. Yang enjoys cooking/baking, mixing music, yoga, and spending time with family.   
  • Jenelle Raynowska, M.D.

    Jenelle Raynowska, M.D.

    Dr. Jenelle Raynowska is currently a clinical fellow in Multiple Sclerosis & Neuroimmunology at UCSD. She completed her Medical Degree and a Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation at New York University. She then returned to her hometown of San Diego to complete neurology residency at UCSD. While in medical school, her research focused primarily on using portable, electronic, vision-based tools for sideline concussion screening but also gained experience using OCT and eye tracking to examine changes in visual function in multiple sclerosis. In addition to assisting to conduct clinical trials aimed at developing novel MS therapies, Jenelle’s current research interests include investigating the utility of OCT and eye tracking as a biomarkers in multiple sclerosis and other related diseases.

    She hopes to continue a career in clinical medicine and remain active clinical research. In her free time she enjoys exploring San Diego’s beaches with her kids, as well as surfing and running.

Clinical Research Coordinators

  • Annalise Miner, B.S.

    Annalise Miner, B.S.

    Annalise was born in Oregon and grew up internationally. She attended the UC San Diego as her undergraduate institution, earning a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science spec. Neuroscience, and a minor in Biology.

    She has worked in various research laboratories since coming to San Diego, investigating visual long-term memory, perception, PTSD, as well as creativity in children with autism. Annalise hopes to pursue a Neurosciences Ph.D. in the future. She enjoys traveling, running, rock climbing and spending time at the beach.

  • Jacqui Shanley, BA

    Jacqui Shanley, BA

    Jacqui was born in LA and attended university at UCLA where she received a degree in Psychology. After graduation she moved to New York and studied Alzheimer's Disease as well as couples research. She has worked in various lab and clinical settings. She is interested in pursuing her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with a health emphasis. In her free time, she enjoys running and going to the beach.
  • Monika Nowosiad-Magda, M.D., Ph.D.

    Monika is a clinical research coordiantor with our Neuroimmunology lab, and is currently running our clincial trials research program. Monika's Bio will be uploaded soon. 
  • Daniel Velez, BA

    Daniel is a clinical research coordiantor with our Neuroimmunology lab, and is currently running our biotech trials research program. Daniel's Bio will be uploaded soon. 

Affiliated Residents

  • Linda Nguyen, M.D.

    Linda Nguyen, M.D.

    Linda Nguyen is a current PGY-5 and chief resident in Child Neurology at UCSD/RCHSD. She will be joining UTSW for her fellowship in Neuroimmunology in July 2022 focused on clinical research and clinical care. She completed her MD and PhD in pharmaceutical and pharmacological sciences at West Virginia University, where she tested the antidepressant potential of dextromethorphan and led an open-label, pilot clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of transmucosal ketamine in treatment-resistant depression. For her future career goals, she is interested in developing a research career in the intersection of neurology and psychiatry in neuroimmunological disorders. 

Current Medical Student Interns

  • Andrew Valenciano

    Andrew Valenciano

    Andrew Valenciano is a 4th year medical student at UCSD School of Medicine and is applying into a Neurology residency. He was born and raised in Chula Vista and attended UC San Diego where he earned a BS in Biochemistry with a minor in Psychology. He then worked as an Emergency Medical Technician in San Diego county for two years before starting medical school. His academic interests include neuroimmunology, neuropalliative care, and medical education. In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing guitar, practicing meditation, and experiencing San Diego’s incredible nature scenes through trail running.
  • Emilie Liu

    Emilie Liu

    Emilie is a 1st year medical student at UCSD. She was born and raised in Orange County and attended UCLA where she earned a BS in Neuroscience and a BA in Art History. She worked as a lab manager and clinical research coordinator in her gap year, investigating the use of spinal stimulation for recovery of motor and autonomic function after spinal cord injury. She is interested in adult and pediatric neurology. In her free time, Emilie enjoys traveling, cooking/baking, and exploring the San Diego area with friends. 

  • Ryan Diggs

    Ryan is a 2nd year medical student at UCSD School of Medicine and is currently completing an internship with our research group.

Current Trainees

  • Soha Fardad - Research Assistant

    Soha Fardad - Research Assistant

    Soha was born in Oklahoma and lived there until she moved to California in 2020. She is attending the University of California, San Diego as a second year undergraduate. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology with a minor in Psychology, and is interested in focusing on pediatric neurology. In her free time, Soha enjoys traveling, baking, going to the beach and listening to podcasts.
  • Anna Behrens - Research Assistant

    Anna Behrens - Research Assistant

    Anna is currently in her final undergraduate semester at the University of San Diego. She is studying behavioral neuroscience with a minor in photographic arts. She plans to pursue her MD/PhD in the coming years, with hopes of working in the global healthcare division. Originally from Park City, Utah, she enjoys hiking, camping, skiing and anything outdoors. She has been a research assistant for Dr. Grave's neuroimmunology lab since fall 2020, assisting with the various projects and pursuits of the research team.
  • Sajan Goyal - Research Assistant

    Currently an Undergraduate UCSD Student

Alumni

These wonderful people were previously a part of our lab but have since moved on: 

Fellows

Torge Rempe, M.D. - Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Fellow 

  • Completed his fellowship at UCSD in 2021, and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida

Dr. Kristen Krysko - UCSF Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Research Fellow

  • Previously was an MS Clinical Research Fellow at UCSF and a receipient of the National MS Society Sylvia Lawry physician training fellowship, which funded her 3 year fellowship which included patient care, clinical trials training and clinical research. She is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto 

Research Staff

Miryam Palomino, BS - Clinical Research Coordinator 

  • Miryam Palomino was a Clinical Research Coordinator from June 2019 to July 2021, and has since moved to a new position in clinical trials platform management. 

Trainees

Neda Dastgheyb, MD - UCSD Medical Student 

  • Neda Dastgheyb's research block with our lab included investigating ocularmotor dysfunction in MS patients through eye-tracking technologies, and culminated in a poster presentation and a paper. 

Garrett Timmons, MD - UCSD Medical Student

  • Garrett Timmon's work with our lab included developing a study that investigated the impacts of COVID-19 on patients with pre-existing neurological conditions. This has culminated in a longitudinal study and multiple papers. Dr. Timmons is now a neurology resident at Stanford University. 

Abdulaziz Alsulami, MD - UCSD Visiting Scholar 

  • Dr. Abdulaziz Alsulami was a visiting scholar and a medical graduate from King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia who worked with our clinical research program. He has since returned to Saudi Arabia to persue neurology. 

 Visesha Kakarla, BS - UCSD Medical Student

  • Visesha Kakarla's work with our lab included interning with our NeuCOVID research cohort. Visesha saw subjects impacted by long COVID over a few months-long period, and helped support the NeuCOVID research effort.