Cheryl Kelsey Tsui

Design Researcher 

Personal Slogan

One day or day one. You decide.

What’s close to your heart?

Family & Friends. Food & Cooking. Travelling & Exploring. Kickboxing & Aerial Yoga. Reflection & Learning.

A random fact about me

I can circle my arms around my body. Yup.

How did you get here?

It was Valentine’s Day 2017, I still remember. I made my first visit to OpenLab to attend the Tuesday Open Rounds. At the time, I was near completing my Master’s degree in Translational Research, and was exploring opportunities where I could apply my design research skills. I was intrigued by the amazing things that happens here, and how much its work aligns with my interest and profession in knowledge translation, design thinking, human-centricity, and participatory design. The next thing I knew I was showing up at the lab every Tuesday. Soon after, I joined the fantastic team, and started contributing to different projects.

Discipline & Specialty

I am a translator; I translate fuzzy knowledge and insight into actionable ideas. I have a number of skills that help me do so: design research, co-creation, UX design, prototyping etc. But really, my specialty is in self-directed learning. I am always looking for new ways to expand my skill set!


HBSc, Physiology and Neuroscience, University of Toronto
MHSc, Translational Research, University of Toronto


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