Aditi Shankardass

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Aditi Shankardass
Born London, UK
Nationality British
Fields Neuroscience
Institutions Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Alma mater King's College London, University College London, University of Sheffield
Known for Cognitive Neuroscience, EEG, Dyslexia, Autism

Aditi Shankardass (Hindi: अदिती शंकरदास) is a British neuroscientist. She has been listed as one of the "8 Scientists Who Are Changing The World" alongside Stephen Hawking and Sir Tim Berners Lee.[1]

Her pioneering clinical work using electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings of the brain to help diagnose developmental disorders in children has been covered by the press worldwide, including CNN,[2] ABC News,[3] Times of India,[4] and Financial Express,[5] and was the subject of her widely acclaimed TED talk in 2009 at the TED conference.[6]

The work of her team at Harvard Medical School on the creation of a specific neurological biomarkers for autism has been featured in the Time Magazine special edition "TIME 100 New Scientific Discoveries".[7] Her previous work using EEG recordings of the brain to help identify the underlying neurological cause of dyslexia was the subject of her presentation at the United Kingdom Parliament in 2001 at the Annual Reception for Britain's Top Young Scientists, Engineers and Technologists.[8]

Shankardass serves as a board member of the Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation, an organisation devoted to raising global awareness of neurological and psychiatric disorders.[9] She has been a consultant for the BBC Science Line in the UK, providing expertise for radio and TV documentaries.[10]

Shankardass is a classically trained singer, with concert performances in India, UK and the US, and live recordings with Amjad Ali Khan, Anup Jalota and on BBC Radio. She has been a TV presenter on Zee TV in the UK and appeared in several documentaries. She has acted on stage and TV in India, as well as in the US feature film, Trafficked.[11] She has been noted for her attractiveness.[12]

Her father is celebrity lawyer Vijay Shankardass,[13] whose clients include His Royal Highness Nizam of Hyderabad, author Salman Rushdie, actor Michael Douglas, Amnesty International, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, Penguin Books and Virgin Group. Her mother is social historian and Penal Reform International chairperson Rani Dhavan Shankardass.[14] She is the granddaughter of His Excellency Shanti Swaroop Dhavan, Governor of West Bengal and Indian High Commissioner (Ambassador) to the United Kingdom. She is the great-granddaughter of Rai Bahadur (Most Honorable Prince) Bali Ram Dhavan of the North West Frontier Province, formerly of India.

Shankardass was born in London, educated between New Delhi and London, and currently resides between Los Angeles and Boston.


  1. ^ 8 Scientists Who Are Changing The World, Yahoo News
  2. ^ Searching for roots of learning disorders, CNN, 11 July 2010
  3. ^ New method for Autism diagnosis, Good Morning America, 20 May 2008
  4. ^ Now, a cap that scans the brain in an hour, Times of India, 23 November 2009
  5. ^ Inside a child's brain, Financial Express, 30 November 2009
  6. ^ TED Talk by Aditi Shankardass, TEDIndia 2009
  7. ^ Brain Activity Patterns Identify Autism in Kids, Time 2012
  8. ^ Britain's top younger scientists flock to the House of Commons to communicate their latest discoveries, SET for Britain
  9. ^ Board of Advisors, Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation
  10. ^ Aditi Shankardass, Director of Neurophysiology, BMI, 2007–2010
  11. ^ Aditi Shankardass, actress, Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ The Sexiest Scientists Alive, Business Insider.
  13. ^ William Dalrymple on the Rulers of Hyderabad, The Guardian, 8 December 2007
  14. ^ Shankardass is PRI chief, The Tribune, 30 January 2006

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