Pilot and Exploratory Studies Scholars Program

Our Program

The Pilot and Exploratory Studies Program is created by the Pilot and Exploratory Studies Core of the UCSF Pepper Center which identifies, supports, and nurtures multidisciplinary investigators who would like to expand their research with aging research. The Pilot and Exploratory Studies Core facilitates the development and progress of innovative research for faculty relating to the Pepper Center focus on the predictors, characteristics, and outcomes of late-life disability, especially in vulnerable older populations.


Current PESC Scholars



Current Joint Scholars

UCSF Pepper Center - CADC Joint Scholar

PESC Alumni


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Catherine Chen, MD

Assistant Professor, Anesthesia

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Project: Cost-Effectiveness of Monitored Anesthesia Care in Cataract Surgery

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Hilary Seligman, MD, MAS

Professor, Medicine

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Project: Impact of SNAP on Health Outcomes in a High-Risk Older Adult Population

UCSF Pepper Center - ARCH Joint Scholar

UCSF Pepper Center - CADC Joint Scholar

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Jalayne Arias, JD

Assistant Professor, Neurology

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Project: Dementia on Death Row: An Examination of Cruel and Usual Punishment for Prisoners with Dementia 

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Linda Park, RN, PhD, FNP

Associate Professor, Nursing

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Project: Improving Health Disparities by Promoting Physical Activity Among Asian American Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disease: A Pilot Study




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Anil Makam, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

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Project: Functional Impairment and Advance Care Planning among Older Adults Transferred to Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals: An Analysis of the Health and Retirement Study

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Yue Leng, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

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Project: Sleep medication use and cognitive aging in a biracial cohort of community-dwelling elderly



UCSF Pepper Center/CADC Joint Scholar

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Jane Jih, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Medicine

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Project: Understanding the Context of Patient Medication Practices among Diverse Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions

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Jennifer James

Assistant Professor, Institute for Health & Aging

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Project: Health behind and beyond the bars: Older Black women’s experience of health and illness before, during, and after incarceration.




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Meredith Greene, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

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Project: Addressing Medical Complexity for Older Adults Living with HIV infection: Development of an integrated HIV Geriatric and Palliative Care Programs

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Deb Barnes, PhD

Professor, Psychiatry

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Project: Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLIÉ) 

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Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor, Physiological Nursing

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Project: Exploring Chronic Pain and Attitudes Towards Pain Treatment in Older Adults

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Wendy Katzman, PT

Adjunct Professor, Physical Therapy

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Project: Technology-Assisted Postural Training Program in Older Community-Dwelling Adults with Hyperkyphosis


UCSF Pepper Center/CADC Joint Scholar


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Maria Chao, DrPH, MPA

Associate Professor, Medicine

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Project: Improving Pain Management among Low-Income, Minority Elders: Broadening Treatment Options in the Primary Care Safety Net