Dr. Bernstein has served on Achaogen’s board of directors since July 2017. From 1992 to 2015, Dr. Bernstein was the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of BioCentury where she wrote and published on biotechnology developments. Dr. Bernstein has received numerous awards for her contributions to the biotechnology industry including being named one of The WorldVIEW 100 most influential people in biotech today by Scientific American (2015) and receiving a Special Recognition award at the American Liver Foundation's Salute to Excellence, honoring individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to biotechnology and medical innovation (2007). Dr. Bernstein served for many years as a member of the Brandeis University Science Advisory Council. She is on the board of trustees of the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) of the Applied Life Sciences and is a member of the board of advisors of KGI's School of Pharmacy. Dr. Bernstein is also a director at Ovid Therapeutics Inc., which is focused on developing drugs for orphan diseases of the brain. From September 2015 to October 2016, she served on the board of directors of Vitae Pharmaceuticals Inc., which was acquired by Allergan plc.
Dr. Bernstein holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University and a B.A. in politics and history from Brandeis University.