In brief

Aarathi Prasad was born in London to an Indian mother and a Trinidadian father and was educated in the West Indies and the UK. After a PhD in genetics she worked in research, science policy, and communication. She has presented documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. She is the author of Like A Virgin: How Science is Redesigning the Rules of Sex; and In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room: travels through Indian Medicine. She works at University College London.


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Aarathi has a PhD in molecular genetics from Imperial College London, and subsequently worked on a Cancer Research UK-funded post-doctoral project using chemical genetics to identify early therapeutic targets in cancers.

She was a recipient of the Wellcome Trust Mentoring Award for Emerging Talent, and has been a science advisor to the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, where she developed international research collaborations and policy, and public engagement in science. Aarathi has also worked in science policy in areas including the passage in the UK Parliament of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008. She is currently based at University College London.

Aarathi’s writing has appeared in publications including Prospect MagazineThe GuardianThe Telegraph, Vogue India and Wired UK.

She has written and presented  TV and radio programmes, including Rewinding the Menopause and Quest for Virgin Birth on BBC Radio 4, Channel 4’s controversial Is It Better to Be Mixed Race?Brave New World with Stephen Hawking for Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel, and The Science of the Future with Stephen Hawking for the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Aarathi has also served as a judge on the Royal Television Society’s Science and Natural History awards panel.

Her first book – Like A Virgin: How Science is redesigning the Rules of Sex was published in the UK in August 2012.

Her second book, In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room: travels through Indian Medicine (Profile/Hachette) will be published May 19th 2016, and will be featured as BBC Radio 4 ‘s Book of the Week from May 23rd.