Scientist — San Francisco, CA
Dr. Indre Viskontas recently made her television debut as a co-host of Miracle Detectives, a six hour-long episode documentary series airing on The Oprah Winfrey Network. In this series, two investigators travel the US to uncover answers to mysterious incidents that transcend logic. Called ‘the new Scully’, Dr. Viskontas brings science to the public with warmth and intelligence. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Showand has been interviewed by Entertainment Tonight, CNN, Access Hollywood, E!, TV Guide and Aol along with several major radio stations across the US. She has also been featured in articles in Trinity Magazine as well as The Skeptical Inquirer and can be heard on podcasts by Token Skeptic, Point of Inquiry, This Week in Science and Strange Frequencies Radio.
Based in San Francisco, Indre Viskontas holds a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from the UCLA and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto. She has published more than 30 original papers and chapters related to the neural basis of memory and creativity, including several seminal articles in top scientific journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Neuroscience, Current Opinion in Neurology and Nature: Clinical Practice. Her work has been featured in Oliver Sacks’ book Musicophilia and Discover Magazine. Dr. Viskontas is currently affiliated with the world-class Memory and Aging Center at UCSF. Her ongoing collaborations include projects with internationally-acclaimed artist Deborah Aschheim, with whom she is creating art pieces highlighting the interplay between memory, creativity and the brain. She is often invited to speak at conferences around the world, and is the Associate Editor of the journal Neurocase. She also blogs regularly at www.indreviskontas.com.
Defying traditional career boundaries, Indre spends much of her time performing as an opera singer. A versatile performer, she is equally at home in contemporary and classical opera. The Lithuanian-Canadian soprano has performed roles ranging from The Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro to the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’sIolanthe. She is also a regular soloist with several Bay Area chamber groups, and the co-founder and director of Vocallective, a consortium of singers and instrumentalists dedicated to the art of vocal chamber music and Opera on Tap: San Francisco, a chapter of the nation-wide organization whose mission is to change the perception of opera as elitist and stuffy by producing high quality performances in non-traditional venues.
Indre Viskontas has several videos available online:
- Adam Savage Interview
- "Beyond Belief: How Memory Obscures the Truth"
- Dr. Indre on Dr. Kiki's Science Hour