After receiving her MD degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, Ines Raineri attended a postgraduate course for basic science at the same university. She then worked as postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Medical Microbiology of the University of Basel, Switzerland, investigating HIV-promoter-insertions in the human genome. She received fellowships from the Swiss National Foundation, Ciba-Geigy Jubiläumsstiftung, Roche Research Foundation and Holderbank Stiftung to work as postdoctoral fellow at the University of California San Francisco, where she was later hired to work as research assistant geneticist. During her nearly 8 years at UCSF she was involved in generating transgenic cell lines and mice to study oxygen free radical metabolism. After returning to Switzerland, she worked again at the Institute for Medical Microbiology of the University of Basel, establishing knockdown systems to rapidly evaluate gene functions in embryonic stem cells. She then moved on to train as a board-certified pathologist and currently works as a staff pathologist at the Institute for Pathology medica AG in Zurich in molecular pathology, histology and cytology.