Aarathi Prasad

Aarathi is the author of In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room: travels through Indian medicine (Profile, 2016) which was featured as BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and won the Popular Medicine Award at the BMA Awards 2017; and Like A Virgin: how science is redesigning the rules of sex (Oneworld, 2012, with translations in Dutch, Italian, and Bulgarian). She was a contributing author on genomics and genetic engineering to What the Future Looks Like: Scientists Predict the Next Great Discoveries―and Reveal How Today’s Breakthroughs Are Already Shaping Our World (Profile, 2017), edited by Professor Jim Al-Khalili; and has written for a number of publications including the Guardian, Prospect, Wired, The Lancet, Litro, Vogue, Elle, The Telegraph and Scientific American.

She has also written and presented a number of science documentaries for radio and television, including Brave New World and Science of the Future with Stephen Hawking (Discovery and National Geographic Channels), Tomorrow’s World (BBC 1), Is it Better to be Mixed Race? (Channel 4), the 4thought film Should We Raise Children in Mixed Marriages?, On skin colour and being British (for Channel4 News), and Rewinding the Menopause and Quest for Virgin Birth (BBC Radio 4).

Aarathi was born in London to an Indian mother and Trinidadian father and was educated in the West Indies and in the UK. She holds a PhD in molecular genetics (Imperial College London), and is now based at the Institute for Global Health, University College London, where she researches the impacts of urban environments on people’s health in informal (slum) settlements in Kenya. Her spare time is spent at archaeological excavations where she studies ancient human remains.

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