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Brooke Grindlinger, PhD

Brooke Grindlinger, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Brooke Grindlinger serves as the Chief Scientific Officer at the New York Academy of Sciences. In this role, Brooke leads strategic development and scientific oversight of the Academy's international portfolio of scientific conferences and related multimedia publications across the broad spectrum of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Sustainability, Computer Science, and Engineering. Through this platform — and via strategic alliances with external organizations, foundations, and individuals — the Academy convenes leading international scientists from academia, industry, and government sectors in focused efforts to catalyze advances in science, medicine, engineering, and innovation for the benefit of society.

Brooke also stewards the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists and Innovators in Science Award prize programs — two of the largest unrestricted awards ever created for young scientists. The first, established in 2007 with the support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, honors exceptional young scientists and engineers in the USA, Israel, and United Kingdom by celebrating their extraordinary achievements, recognizing their outstanding promise, and accelerating innovation through unrestricted funding. The second, recognizes promising Early-Career Scientists and outstanding Senior Scientists contributions to science in the therapeutic areas of Neuroscience, Gastroenterology, Regenerative Medicine, Rare Diseases, and Oncology, and is intended to support their commitment to innovative research.

Brooke has more than 18 years of experience in scientific research, academic publishing, and science communication. Prior to joining the Academy in 2010, she served for 8 years as Science Editor for The Journal of Clinical Investigation, managing the review and publication of state-of-the-art basic and clinical biomedical research, in addition to authoring journal News features, Editorials, Book Reviews, and Press Releases. For over a decade Brooke has been a sought-after thought leader in the area of scientific publishing, possessing unique insight and access that she shares in her keynote presentation 'Editor’s Guide to Writing and Publishing Your Paper.'

An experienced moderator, commentator, and host, Brooke has spoken to over 10,000 people at colleges, conferences, events, and corporations. She has appeared as an expert on CBS Interactive’s ZDNet, South by Southwest, The Pain Channel, China Global TV, Facebook Live, and LinkedIn, as well as various podcasts and webinars, bringing her expertise to headlining topics at the intersection of science and society.

In April 2021 Brooke was named by Crain’s New York Business as a “Most Notable in Nonprofits and Philanthropy” for her work to provide educational programs that served the scientific community and general public as a crucial clearinghouse of accurate, verified data, and analysis about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brooke received her Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) degree and PhD in molecular and microbial biosciences from the University of Sydney, Australia, studying the pathogenesis of the tuberculosis-causing organism Mycobacterium tuberculosis and ways in which to boost the efficacy of the tuberculosis vaccine. For this postgraduate work, Brooke was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award.

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