Top image: Talking about human brains to a young student at Lehman College, NY
New York, USA
- 11/2019: Speed mentoring 25 middle-school students at PS46M as part of NY Edge.
- 10/2019: Presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights & Law Program. More details here.
- 09/2019: Performed at a residence at the Frederic Fleming House on W23rd Street. More details here.
- 08/2019: Performed at residence at the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing on W74th Street. More details here.
- 01/2019 - present: Volunteer coordinator Brain Awareness Week.
- 2017: New York Academy of Sciences Bicentennial Ambassador - in this role, I helped raise awareness about the importance of STEM education, mentoring, and investment.
- 12/2013 - 12/2014: Newsletter writer and editor for Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS). In this role, I collated and organized news items that would be of interest to partners of AMPHS. I was also responsible for distributing the newsletters to our partners.
- 03/2017 - present: At-large member of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Alumni Association Board. Mentioned in the USC School of Medicine newsletter.
- 04/2017: Served as an external reviewer for the Biomedical Sciences graduate programs at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Members of the committee met with the Associate Dean, the Graduate Program Director, department chairs, faculty, and graduate students, to help in creating an evolving, more clinically integrated curriculum for School of Medicine students, based upon the needs of students, patients, health systems and partners, and upon educational and clinical best practices.
- I also put together the USC Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Alumni Survey to examine how well the graduate programs at USC SOM prepare students for careers after they complete their degree.
- 09/2008 - 02/2009: Served on the University of South Carolina Medical School LCME Institutional Self-Study Committee as the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Studies Representative.
- 08/2006 - 08/2010: Reviewed Animal Use Protocols, served as a student mentor for graduate students and provided free health checkups for people living in underprivileged neighborhoods at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
- 11/2015: Performed at the Missionaries of Charities. More information here.
- 05/2004 - 07/2005: As an administrator at the Animal Help Foundation in Gujarat, India, I organized fundraising events to increase public awareness about animal cruelty.
- I organized a program called Dr. Dog where dogs were taken to the Blind Peoples' Association and schools for children with autism Spectrum Disorders.
- I was in charge of keeping records for government officials; in addition, I kept records of all the animals at the shelter, approached food and pharmaceutical companies to donate food drugs for our animals for free or at reduced prices.
- At the Story Collider, I talked more about my experiences about animal experimentation in light of my work at the shelter.
- 10/2019 - present: Peer editor, Office Hours, NPR Scicommers, Joe's Big Idea
- 12/2018 - present: Mentor to peers as part of The Social Scientist
- 05/2018 - present: Mentor to a scholars as part of The Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF)
- 01/2014 - present: Given the need of articles communicating basic epilepsy research to the public, I developed the Basic Science of Epilepsy page for www.epilepsy.com. More details about the articles I have written can be found here. I meet with other members of the editorial board at regular intervals to review website usage analytics with a view to increasing readership, and best practices to get engagement from readers.
- 11/2015- present: Member of the ILAE/AES Translational Research Task Force. Discoveries made in animal studies often fail to translate into clinically relevant therapies; hence, the ILAE/AES Translational Research Task Force is working to optimize epilepsy research and lead to new treatments for people with epilepsies. As part of an initiative to systematically review the animal data for their relevance to particular clinical syndromes and comorbidities and critically evaluate their predictive value for treatment response or biomarker development, I co-authored this paper for the peer-reviewed journal Epilepsia.
- 12/2013 - 12/2015: Invited member of the Scientific Program Committee at American Epilepsy Society. Responsibilities included reviewing and scoring abstracts for the Annual Meeting, and choosing a topic for the scientific plenary session.