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Dr. Anna Vainshtein Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, USA

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Anna Vainshtein is a physiologist and muscle biologist. Her research interests focus on the regulation of autophagy in skeletal muscle and the importance of this process to metabolism. Dr. Vainshtein completed her B.Sc. (Hons), MSc. and Ph.D. at the school of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University, Toronto, Canada.... read moreIt is there that she discovered her passion for autophagy, muscle biology and cellular bioenergetics. Her interest in Autophagy developed throughout the autophagy “renaissance”, as the multifaceted role of this recycling process in metabolism and muscle health became apparent. She then pursued a fellowship at the Venetian Institute for Molecular Medicine in Padova, Italy to further delve into the roles and mechanisms of Autophagy in skeletal muscle. Dr. Vainshtein has also served as a co-chair of the Gordon Research Seminar on Autophagy in health and disease. She is currently leading her postdoctoral training at the department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, USA where she is broadening her interests to encompass genetic regulation the autophagy-lysosome system.