Jennifer Yokoyama

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Jennifer S. Yokoyama, PhD
Assistant Professor
Principal Investigator
UCSF Department of Neurology

Jennifer is a geneticist and neuroscientist who is interested in understanding how variation across the genome contributes to changes in structure and function as the brain ages. She received her PhD (2010) with Dr. Steven Hamilton in the Department of Psychiatry and Institute for Human Genetics at UCSF. For her dissertation, Jennifer conducted genome-wide association studies of canine noise phobia and adult-onset deafness. During postdoctoral training at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (2011-2014), Jennifer conducted neuroimaging and genetics studies of healthy cognitive aging and C9ORF72 frontotemporal dementia. She is now developing an independent research program, New Innovations: NeuroGenetics In Aging (NINGIA). In her free time, Jennifer enjoys eating good food and spending time with her family.