Dr. Grinberg is trained in neuropathology and neuroanatomy. Currently, she is the John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation Endowed Professor and an associate professor of neurology and pathology at the University of California, San Francisco. She also holds a tenured faculty position (WOS) at the University of Sao Paulo. In 2009, she was the recipient of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award “For Women in Science.”

Her research focuses on neurodegenerative diseases with special emphasis on early disease stages, selective vulnerability and pathological heterogeneity. Her contributions to the field of dementia include identifying brainstem nuclei as the earliest structures affected in Alzheimer’s disease and translating these findings to diagnostic and treatment development; investigating the neurobiological basis of sleep dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases; and developing and implementing high-resolution histology tools to validate multimodal neuroimaging findings.

Dr. Grinberg directs the Human Validation Core for the National Institutes of Health-funded U54 Center Without Walls for Tau Biology, co-directs the neurodegenerative disease brain bank at UCSF, is a Co-PI for the U54 LEADS Neuropathology Core and is a principal investigator of the Tau Consortium. 

She is a member of the governing board of the Brazilian Biobak for Aging Studies and the executive board of the Global Brain Health Institute. She is also the chairperson for the selection committee of the Global Brain Health Institute, UCSF Academic Senate’s Committee on Research, and the Neuromodulatory Subcortical System PIA of ISTAART.