Divya Chander (she/her)
XRSI Advisor, Senior Nonresident Fellow Atlantic Council, Senior Fellow Stimson Center, Chair Neuroscience Singularity University
XRSI | Atlantic Council, Stimson Center, Singularity University
Divya Chander is a Harvard, Stanford, UCSF, UCSD trained anesthesiologist, neuroscientist, and futurist who also works at the intersection of health, data, technology, and data security. She is a practicing physician, Chair of Neuroscience and Faculty of Medicine at Singularity University, Senior Nonresident Fellow at the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center, and Loomis Council Fellow at the Stimson Center.
Dr. Chander also spent 9 years as part of Stanford BioX and as Faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine. An advocate for data and biometric rights, she serves as medical advisor to the Extended Reality Safety Initiative (XRSI.org), and is helping to develop standards for identity and sensitive healthcare data security. Dr. Chander also founded Lucidify, a continuous, intelligent brain monitoring platform for the detection of altered states of consciousness. She was named one of 2020’s top digital health innovators by Intelligent Health AI.
Her research involves mapping consciousness and writing algorithms for the automated tracking of altered states, elaborating theories of consciousness (which she presented on the TED-NYC and UN stages), predicting the effect of human augmentation on consciousness, and how mapping consciousness in humans may enable us to recognize it in non-human, intelligent beings (both on and off-planet, through initiatives like SETI. 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.