Nihal C. deLanerolle DPhil, D.Sc.

Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neurobiology

Biographical Info

Dr. Nihal C. de Lanerolle holds the rank of Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurobiology. A Fulbright Senior Scholar and Corresponding Member of the German League Against Epilepsy, he is the recipient of the higher doctoral degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Sussex, England. He has served as a Member of the National Institute of Mental Health study Section on "Cognitive Functional Neuroscience", and currently serves as a Member of the "Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Neuroscience Fellowships Study Section and the Study Section on Traumatic Brain Injury, CDMRP Department of Defense.

An expert on the neuropathology of human seizure foci, Dr. de Lanerolle participates in national and international symposia on epilepsy, and regularly as a reviewer of manuscripts for leading scientific journals. He is member of the Yale Epilepsy Surgery Research Program and the Yale Interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program and is active as a teacher of neuroscience to medical students and undergraduates.


Education & Training

D.Phil.
University of Sussex, England (1972)
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Minnesota, Depts of Animal Science & Pharmacology  (1974 - 1978)
Postdoctoral Fellow
Yale University, Dept. Psychiatry & Neurosurgery  (1978 - 1979)

Honors & Recognition

  • Fulbright Senior Scholar to Sri Lanka
    (1998-99)
  • Elected Corresponding Member of the German League Against Epilepsy
    (1992)

Professional Service

  • Member, Genetics Task Force, American Epilepsy Society (2000 - 2002)
  • Member, National Institute of Mental Health Study Section on "Cognitive Functional Neuroscience (1992 - 1994)
  • Ad Hoc member, Neurological Sciences Study Section of the National Institutes of Health (1985 - 1985)

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