Nihal DeLanerolle DPhil, D.Sc.

Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neurobiology

Departments & Organizations

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience

Office of Student ResearchInterdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramNeurobiologyNeurosurgery


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", 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 and explosive blast traumatic brain injury, Dr. de Lanerolle participates in national and international symposia on epilepsy and traumatic brain injury, 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.


  • D.Phil., University of Sussex, England , 1972
  • D.Sc., University of Sussex, England , 1995

Selected Publication

  • de Lanerolle, N.C., J.H. Kim, and F.A. Bandak (2015) Neuropathology of traumatic brain injury: Comparison of penetrating, non-penetrating direct impact and explosive blast etiologies. Seminars in Neurol, 35: 12-19

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Fulbright Senior Scholar to Sri Lanka