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Divya Chander

Physician, Neuroscientist, Futurist, Founder, Global Keynote Speaker
  • Location
    United States
  • Area of Expertise
    Biotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, Communities, Purpose, Innovation, Ethics, Governance, Wellbeing, Mixed Realities, Space Technology
  • Type

Dr. Chander is a physician, neuroscientist, and futurist who trained at Harvard, UCSF, UCSD, and the Salk Institute. She is Chair of Neuroscience and Faculty of Medicine at Singularity University, Visiting Scholar in Medicine (Bioinformatics) at Stanford (where she was on the Anesthesiology faculty for 8 years), and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center. Her postdoctoral research allowed her to use light-activated ion channels inserted in DNA (optogenetics) to study sleep and consciousness switches in brains. Her goal is to understand neural mechanisms of consciousness, the evolution of human consciousness secondary to human augmentation, and how mapping consciousness in humans may help us to understand consciousness and intelligence in other life forms (e.g. animals, non-terrestrials).

During the Covid19 crisis, she now leads or advises 3 pandemic task forces, including One Shared World’s Global Pandemic Resilience Task Force, a NASA-White House Telehealth task force, and a re-open strategy for the state of California. In response to the need for global resilience, she cofounded Plexxus, a company building the world’s connected global immune system. She is also founder and CEO of lucidify, a tele-neuroICU platform, backed by AI, to map and diagnose brain dysfunction in patients.

Dr. Chander also contributes to space life sciences and medicine. A finalist for astronaut selection and an alumnus of the International Space University, Dr. Chander has performed remote simulations of trauma rescues, anesthesia and surgery in Mars analogue settings with physicians in the US, France, and the Concordia base in Antarctica. She has also been involved with a consortium that elaborated a road-map for studying the effect of microgravity and radiation on the nervous system, cardiovascular system, cognition and sleep. She wishes someday to see the Earth rise from the surface of the moon.


Are we at the Singularity?
Singularities, Generative AI and Artificial General Intelligence
Can You Read My Mind? The Promises and Perils of AI Decoding in the Brain
Augmentation or Evolution 2.0 - Rewiring Humans from the Inside Out
The Longevity Code - Exponential Health and Rewriting Humans
Medical Extended Reality (MXR)
Digital Health, Medical XR, and Hacking Humans - New Solutions for CyberHealth and the Safety of Humans in the Metaverse
Consciousness - a continuum or step function in evolution?
The Biohacker's Guide to Space Travel
Synthetic Biology – Impacts on Medicine, Humanity, and the Biosphere:
From Microbes to Markets: How Synthetic Biology is Disrupting Industry
Using Neuroscience to Build Better Leaders
Emerging Landscapes: Biometrics, Human-Cybersecurity, & Global Business