P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Anna Bershteyn, 2006

Assistant Professor, New York University

Anna Bershteyn is an immigrant from Ukraine

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Materials Science Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Anna Bershteyn is currently an assistant professor at NYU. In Seattle, she worked on HIV epidemiological modeling for Intellectual Ventures Lab in Seattle. 

Anna was born in Kiev, Ukraine and immigrated with her family to California in 1989.

Anna completed her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying regeneration of bone and cartilage tissue. Since entering Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an undergraduate, Anna helped develop a Solar Water Disinfection Device, interned with a Navajo weaver's cooperative, and conducted research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Argentinean steel company Tenaris Siderca. Anna volunteers as an EMT, as a Boston Red Cross disaster responder, and as the volunteer coordinator for a local homeless shelter.

Anna drums with the sabar drum ensemble "Rambax MIT," which recently toured in Dakar, Senegal.

  • PhD Materials Science Engineering | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2010
  • BS Materials Science & Engineering | Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2005
Work History
  • New York University, Assistant Professor
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