Grace LeeAt first I intended to be an astronomer and dedicated a portion of my first degree fully motivated to become just that. Opportunities arose, my interests evolved, and I became a new fledged brain and spinal cord researcher without planning to become one.

I graduated with distinction from the University of Edinburgh in one of the most renowned research groups in the College of Medicine for studying viral infections in the brain. That experience fueled my passion to pursue my Doctorate in Neuroscience. I returned to Vancouver, where I felt was the best place to live given my limited travel experiences at the time. I was ranked top 5% doctoral students graduating from the Faculty of Medicine and won of a substantial scholarship that paid for my education. Throughout my career, I have been invited to talk about my work in some of the most beautiful cities of the world, such as Sydney (Australia), London (England), Lisbon, Berlin, Chicago, and San Diego.

My interests evolved again, and I became the lead on a clinical initiative to improve the health care for patients with traumatic brain injury starting at the intersection between medical neuroscience and clinical ethics. With support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, I investigated the development of functional brain imaging technology, and its applications in diagnostics, informed consent, research and treatment decision-making, and end-of-life care.

I have successfully been a knowledge generator of all things brain for quite some time, and it has given me the yearning to reinvent myself without abandoning my years of experience in the medical field. I am co-director of Krimson Marketing Inc., which started as a consulting network providing custom digital marketing solutions, and later evolved into an eCommerce business.

Hence it was a monumental day when two of my passions came together upon becoming senior manager for a biotech company where my role bridged business operations and R&D, and relied heavily on my comprehensive understanding of biological systems and medical research. I have since re-invented myself again, and carved a career path towards consulting and mentoring in this space.

I am a keen reader of business and leadership literature, the works of Malcolm Gladwell or similar thought leaders, anything about brain and behavior, and FastCo.DESIGN. Fun facts about me: I often dream of becoming a television personality with an adventurous travel show, I enjoy racing and rallying (I own a 370z 6MT), I’ve traveled to 18 countries around the world, and I have solved the Rubik’s Cube.

When I’m not doing those things, I write recipes and take photos in my home studio for my food blog Graceful Cuisine . Foodies, follow me on Instagram and Pinterest!

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