Marilu Gorno Tempini

University of California San Francisco

Dr. Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini is a behavioral neurologist and the Charles Schwab Distinguished Professor in Dyslexia and Neurodevelopment. She directs the Language Neurobiology Laboratory of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and serves as Co-Director of the UCSF Dyslexia Center and the UCSF | UC Berkeley Schwab Center for Dyslexia and Cognitive Diversity.


Dr. Gorno Tempini's research and clinical work focus on behavioral neurology across the lifespan with an emphasis on the neural basis of higher cognitive functions such as language and memory.

Dr. Gorno Tempini applies her expertise in the cognitive neurosciences to language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia, as well as to neurodegenerative diseases, particularly primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Her NIH-funded research resulted in new diagnostic criteria for PPA and its variants.

Dr. Gorno Tempini leads many projects at UCSF, participates as faculty in the Global Brain Health Institute, and is funded by the NIH, other public funding, and various philanthropic sources. She is particularly dedicated to mentoring and was awarded an NIH K24 grant to mentor interdisciplinary researchers in the field of clinical cognitive neuroscience.

Education and Training


University of Brescia, Italy


University College London

Clinical Fellowship

UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center