Introducing Dr. Brooke Grindlinger

Chief Scientific Officer, Scientific Programs & Blavatnik Awards

In her role as the Chief Scientific Officer of Scientific Programs at The New York Academy of Sciences, Dr. Brooke Grindlinger leads strategic development and scientific oversight of the Academy's international portfolio of conferences, symposia, workshops, and related multimedia publications across the broad spectrum of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Sustainability, Computer Science, and Engineering. 

As of March 2016, Dr. Grindlinger was appointed to lead the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, succeeding Dr. Mercedes Gorre who served as the Executive Director of the Blavatnik Awards from 2013 to 2016.  Dr. Grindlinger brings more than 15 years of experience in scientific research, academic publishing, and science communication to this role.  She has long been an advocate of the program and served as the judge for the Blavatnik Regional Awards in 2007 and 2008.

We are thrilled to have Dr. Grindlinger take on this leadership position with the Blavatnik Awards.  As the Awards program approaches its 10-year anniversary, Dr. Grindlinger’s professionalism and wealth of experience in scientific research and communication will assure the success of the program in the new decade,” says Ellis Rubinstein, President and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences

Prior to joining the Academy in 2010, Dr. Grindlinger spent 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.  She received her Bachelor of Science 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.

“I am very excited by this appointment to steward the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. From the inception of the Awards, I have been impressed by the extraordinary achievements of our nation’s young scientists and engineers across the STEM spectrum. Perhaps what has been most inspiring is not just the new knowledge their research has brought to the world, but something just as important as knowledge — imagination. These scientists and engineers share an openness to new ideas that is opening windows on the unforeseen. It’s my pleasure to be involved in recognizing and supporting this growing network of brilliant young minds and, in doing so, driving the next generation of scientific innovation.”

— Dr. Brooke Grindlinger, Chief Scientific Officer, Scientific Programs & Blavatnik Awards