About Me

I am a clinical neuroscientist, social entrepreneur, lifelong learner, and opportunist. I have been designing strategies to understand the brain in health and disease for over ten years, and consumed by wanderlust from the beginning of this journey. Inspired by my foster parents who built an orphanage in Kenya and transformed the lives of many needy Ugandan children, I am always creating opportunities for growth and unity. I envision using my skills and experiences to further my raison d'être of finding creative solutions to support and encourage people by extending empathy and compassion. Some examples of my efforts include: empowering women to take positions in leadership, consulting with entrepreneurs on reaching their business growth potential, and using my skills as a professional home chef to unite people. Let me share with you the milestone twists and turns I took, and how it all started. Read More

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Professional Experience

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Education & Training

  • CME 2012

    Continuing Medical Education in Clinical Ethics

    University of Washington, School of Medicine

  • Ph.D. 2012

    Ph.D. in Neuroscience

    University of British Columbia. Nominated top 5% doctoral students graduating from the Faculty of Medicine

  • M.Sc. 2005

    Master of Science in Neuroscience, with distinction

    University of Edinburgh, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

  • B.Sc.

    Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    University of British Columbia, Faculty of Science

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2012-2015
    Canadian Institutes of Health Research Grant
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    Grace Lee (Project Director) Neuroimaging for Disorders of Consciousness: Charting the Ethics Landscape (Principal Investigator: J. Illes), $300,000. Funding supported a project to investigate ethical applications of brain imaging technology for patients with traumatic brain injury. The project was a Canada-based investigation aimed at providing empirically-based policy recommendations for managing the future of neuroimaging research and patient care.
  • 2013
    NeuroDevNet Scholarship
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    This award enabled my participation in the 2013 NeuroDevNet Brain Development Conference where I was invited to present my work on neuroimaging and mental health, participate in a pre-conference workshop on knowledge translation and social media, and attend a Meet- the-Experts lunch with faculty in the basic and clinical sciences whose focus is on children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • 2008-2013
    National Institutes of Health Grant
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    Grace Lee (Project Director: 6/1/2012-3/31/2013) Advancing Neuroimaging: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (Principal Investigator: J. Illes), $600,000. Funding supported a project to investigate ethical and social issues for future applications of brain imaging technology for children and adolescents with mental illness.
  • 2011
    University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine Award
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    I was selected as one of the top 5% of doctoral students of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia to receive a $1000 travel award and participate in the 2011 Student Health Research Forum hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in Ottawa.
  • 2007-2011
    Graduate Student Award
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    The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada awarded me $40,000 for my Ph.D. research, which was nominated as promising in the area of causes and eventual cure of neurodegenerative disease.
  • 2005-2009
    Ph.D. Tuition Fee Award
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    The University of British Columbia awarded me $11,587 to cover tuition fees for each year of doctoral program.
  • 2001
    Outstanding Student Initiative
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    I was awarded a $10,000 scholarship in recognition of my outstanding secondary school academic record.
  • 2001
    Governor General's Bronze Medal
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    Lord Dufferin, Canada’s third Governor General after Confederation, created the Governor General’s Academic Medals in 1873 to encourage academic excellence across Canada. I was awarded the Bronze medal at the secondary school level for graduating with the highest grade point average.

Leadership

  • 2014-2015
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    I redeveloped its overall direction to focus on professional development. I chaired monthly meetings with a team of executives to advocate for postdoctoral peers and liaise with faculty and staff of the Postdoctoral Fellows Office. I spearheaded a seminar series to coach postdoctoral fellows on building their professional portfolio. We gained international visibility from other universities seeking guidance on launching their own association. I represent the association to incoming postdocs with my team of executive leaders.
  • 2014
    Co-Organizer & Content Developer, Life Beyond Academia Meetup Group
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    Conducted workshops and seminars for PhD graduates in the areas of defining career objectives, exploring career options, personal branding, entrepreneurship, and networking.
  • 2013-2014
    Co-Founder & Content Developer, Vancouver Business Alliance
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    This is a networking hub aimed at providing online tools and marketing solutions to local business owners. We hold seminars every two weeks to teach members about social media marketing, personal and professional branding, business reputation management, and effective networking. The organization has 67 members. I coached business owners on social media marketing, professional branding, leveraging tools on LinkedIn, and effective networking.
  • 2012-2014
    Leader, Neuroethics Affinity Group, American Society for Humanities and Bioethics
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    I coordinated and led the interdisciplinary discussion of neuroethics topics during the annual meeting of the Society. We meet annually during the fall to discuss advances in neuroscience research in the context of human values. I plan the schedule, manage the contact list, lead the discussions, and collect feedback. The group has 122 members.
  • 2012-2014
    Social Media Communications Manager, International Neuroethics Society
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    As a member of the Communications Committee, I post content and engage members on the Society's various social media platforms. My efforts helped strengthen the online presence of the Society by directing public engagement on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We meet monthly to brainstorm ideas to publicize the annual conference, improve the website, and increase membership and student involvement in neuroethics discussion. The committee has 14 members.
  • 1999-2013
    Divisional Training Officer, St. John Ambulance Brigade, Divisions 998 and 776c
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    I was training officer first for university students, and later transferred to a cadet division to teach youth leadership skills for improving community health and safety. Training included CPR-C certification, Medical First Responder First Aid, and advanced modules for patient care providers. I fulfilled public duties as first aid provider.