Dr. Brooke Grindlinger serves as the Chief Scientific Officer of Scientific Programs and The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists 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 workshops, conferences, symposia, and related multimedia publications across the broad spectrum of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, 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. In addition, Brooke stewards The Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, established in 2007 with the support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation to honor our nation's exceptional young scientists and engineers by celebrating their extraordinary achievements, recognizing their outstanding promise, and accelerating innovation through unrestricted funding. Brooke also serves as a member of the board of The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at The New York Academy of Sciences, established in 2010 in partnership with The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc., to advance nutrition science research.
Brooke has more than 15 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 across the continuum of human physiology and disease, in addition to authoring journal News features, Editorials, Book Reviews, and Press Releases. 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. Brooke also regularly conducts local, national, and international workshops on science communication skills and alternative science careers for early career scientists.