Nihal DeLanerolle, DPhil, DSc

Professor Emeritus of Neurosurgery

Departments & Organizations


MacMillan Center: South Asian Studies

Office of Cooperative Research


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.

Education & Training

DSc University of Sussex, Neuroscience (1995)
DPhil University of Sussex, England (1972)
Postdoctoral Fellow Yale University
Postdoctoral Fellow University of Minnesota

Honors & Recognition

  • Elected Corresponding Member of the German League Against Epilepsy (1992)

  • Fulbright Senior Scholar to Sri Lanka

Professional Service

  • Episcopal Church at Yale (2002 - Present) Religious Official

  • American Epilepsy Society (2000 - 2002) Establishing direction for genetic studies in epilepsy

  • Yale College (2000 - Present) Fellow

  • National Institute of Mental Health Study Section on "Cognitive Functional Neuroscience (1992 - 1994) Grant review

  • Neurological Sciences Study Section of the National Institutes of Health (1985) Review grants

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Contact Info

Nihal DeLanerolle, DPhil, DSc
Mailing Address
NeurosurgeryPO Box 208082
New Haven, CT 06520-8082

Curriculum Vitae

deLanerolle Research