Consciousness, Drugs, & Brain Upgrades: Anesthesiologist Neuroscientist Divya Chander : 547

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Dr. Divya Chander is a physician, neuroscientist, and (a total badass) futurist who trained at Harvard, UCSD, UCSF, and the Salk Institute. In the operating room, Dr. Chander applies EEG technology to understand what human brains look like when they lose and regain consciousness, and has recently developed a precision medicine initiative at Stanford aimed at understanding genetic variability in responses to anesthetic drugs.

Her postdoctoral training in optogenetic technology was conducted at Stanford, where she used light-activated ion channels inserted in DNA to study sleep and consciousness switches in brains. Her goal is to understand the neural mechanisms of consciousness, as well as the evolution of human consciousness secondary to human augmentation.

She is currently working on applications of neural wearable devices to crossover consumer and medical markets. She also works in the field of space life sciences and is 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.

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