Claire Clelland, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Clelland, PhD, MD, MPhil, is an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Department of Neurology. As a neurologist, she specializes in caring for patients with dementia and cognitive symptoms at the UCSF Memory & Aging Center. Her lab at the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences develops novel therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. Her current work centers on creating novel CRISPR gene therapies for genetic forms of dementia and ALS, utilizing patient iPSCs to model disease, advanced sequencing technologies and cutting-edge CRISPR technologies to develop first-in-class gene therapies for CNS disease. With Dr. Clelland’s personal experience as an under-represented physician scientist in biomedical sciences (based on socioeconomic background) and involvement in several programs for URM trainees, the Clelland lab is committed to promoting equity and justice in science in medicine. One of the pillars of our lab is the mentoring and advancement of trainees from underrepresented backgrounds to become the next generation of scientific leaders.