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Biographical Sketch: Alexandra Ainsztein, Ph.D.

Alexandra Ainsztein
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Alexandra Ainsztein, Ph.D., is a program director in the Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics. She manages research grants related to membrane trafficking, the molecular mechanisms and dynamics of the secretory pathway and organelle biogenesis. Ainsztein administers the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE), a development program for students from underrepresented groups and is also involved with PSI:Biology, the newest phase of the NIGMS Protein Structure Initiative.

Before joining the Institute, she served as a scientific review officer in the NIH Center for Scientific Review. Ainsztein earned a B.A. in biochemistry from Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Florida, then did postdoctoral research in cell biology at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Edinburgh and NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

To contact Ainsztein, send email to or call 301-594-0828. 

If you’re a reporter wishing to interview Ainsztein, contact the NIGMS Office of Communications and Public Liaison at or call 301-496-7301.​​​​​​​

This page last reviewed on March 17, 2017