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Brooke Grindlinger PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Brooke Grindlinger is a microbiologist and Chief Scientific Officer at the esteemed New York Academy of Sciences, one of the oldest scientific organizations in the United States. Dedicated to amplifying the positive impact of science on people and our planet, she leads the development, growth, and excellence of scientific aspects of the Academy’s portfolio of programs, products, and initiatives—spanning scientific and educational convenings and courses, fellowship and prize programs, and public-private partnerships across the life and physical sciences, the social sciences, nutrition, artificial intelligence, computer science, and sustainability.

In her role as Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Grindlinger fosters collaborations among stakeholders in academia, industry, government, and the public sector. Her efforts are focused on catalyzing advances in science, medicine, engineering, and innovation to benefit and educate society. With over 20 years of experience in scientific research, academic publishing, and science communication, Dr. Grindlinger pilots thought-provoking conversations with scientific changemakers, fearlessly tackles stereotypes and barriers faced by women in STEM, and brings the future to your doorstep by exploring cutting-edge technical and medical innovations. By leveraging her voice and platform, Dr. Grindlinger engages and educates audiences, emphasizing the importance of science in shaping a brighter future for all.

Before joining the Academy in 2010, Dr. Grindlinger served for eight years as Science Editor for The Journal of Clinical Investigation, a premier venue for discoveries in basic and clinical biomedical science that advance the practice of medicine. An experienced moderator, commentator, and host, Dr. Grindlinger has spoken to over 10,000 people at colleges, conferences, events, and corporations. She has appeared as an expert speaker at the United Nations, South by Southwest, National Institutes of Health, Georgetown University, CBS Interactive’s ZDNet, 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. Her writing has been featured in outlets including The Washington PostInternational Business TimesThe Chronicle of Philanthropy, Authority Magazine, and The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Grindlinger and her husband founded the Glenn and Brooke Grindlinger International Experience Award in 2013, which provides scholarships for students at Cornell University to study abroad in her native Australia. In 2021, she was named by Crain’s New York Business as a “Most Notable in Nonprofits and Philanthropy” for her work providing educational programs that serve the scientific community and general public as a crucial clearinghouse of accurate, verified data, and analysis about the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Grindlinger received her B.Sc. (First Class Honors) and Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Sydney, where she was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award.

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