Denise Henriques

Getting a Taste for New Information

We know she's running studies and making discoveries at the forefront of neuroscience. But we wonder... what's she having for dinner?


Denise Henriques is an Associate Professor at the School of Kinesiology & Health Science at York University, where she researchers point-to-point reaching. We asked everything from her favourite cuisine to what inspired her to become a researcher in hopes of giving you a better understanding of what goes on outside the lab for one of the best minds in Canadian research.

What do you like most about being a researcher?

I get to spend most of the days learning new things about the brain from reading the work of other neuroscience researchers and designing and running our own studies to address important and interesting questions.

What advice would you give young researchers?

Take opportunities to learn new information and new methods for exploring and creating new knowledge. Learning to program can also be useful.

What inspired you to become a researcher?

I love learning, and I found that the functions of the brain and the visual system were particularly interesting. I also liked the idea of using statistics to help reveal and expand our understanding of these processes.

What do you like to do for fun? 

I like to dance – especially Latin dancing – and to read. I also like to travel.

What’s your favourite cuisine?

I’m a pescatarian and enjoy all types of Asian food, like sushi, Thai, and Vietnamese.

If you could do any profession other than your own what would it be?