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. She now works within University College London’s Science, Medicine and Society Network.

Aarathi’s writing has appeared in BioNews (an online news and comment service which aims to improve public and professional understanding of, and engagement with genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas), and in other publications including Prospect MagazineThe GuardianThe Telegraph and Wired UK.

She has written and presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary called The Quest for Virgin Birth, an episode of Channel 4′s Race and Science season called Is it better to be mixed race?and was a presenter on Channel 4/ Discovery Channel’s Brave New World with Stephen Hawking (Season 1) and Season 2 (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.