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Sloka Iyengar

Neuroscientist • Science Writer • Science Advocate
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About Me

  • Associate Medical Director with Phase Five Communications
  • Neuroscience researcher and project manager with experience in basic and clinical neuroscience
  • Science writer for both professional and lay audiences
  • Science advocate who has met with Congressional representatives and staffers to support neuroscience research
  • Developed curriculum and taught neuroscience to students in grades 6 to 9
  • Successful grant writer as evidenced by an Epilepsy Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship
  • Mentored six undergraduate students
  • Published six peer-reviewed manuscripts in basic and clinical epilepsy research
  • Initiated and managing successful collaborations with researchers in the U.S. and internationally


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Course Scientist for AMNH Seminars on Science - The Brain

As Course Scientist for this AMNH online course for educators, I answer specific questions from program participants, and contribute to a weekly discussion topic.


Started as Associate Medical Director with Phase Five

Phase Five is a full-service global medical education company that excels in mining raw data and creating strategic scientific communications.

Experience and Training

Clinical Research

As a clinical researcher, I worked with epileptologists at the Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group and initiated the Brain Tumor-Related Epilepsy Research Consortium...

Postdoctoral Work

For my postdoctoral fellowship, I worked with Helen Scharfman at the Nathan Kline Institute. Here, I investigated postnatal neurogenesis in the hippocampus and its role...

Graduate Work

For my graduate work, I worked with David Mott at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where I used electrophysiology to study synaptic plasticity in epilepsy...


Science Writing

Why I write? Most, if not all, funding for basic science comes from taxpayer’s money. Hence, scientists have an obligation to communicate their science to the public in a way that is clear and concise, but never condescending or over-simplified.

If you want a scientific paper to be explained in non-scientific terms, contact me at Sloka@SlokaIyengar.com.

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Science Advocacy

Why I advocate? All science is funded by taxpayer money. It is for this reason that scientists have a moral obligation to inform people of their findings. In addition, funding for biomedical...

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Science Audit

Why I audit? Preclinical and basic science bring with it tremendous opportunities to help individuals with illnesses. Unfortunately, there is little transparency and accountability in science...

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Science Outreach

Why I teach? Over the past years, I have been involved in these teaching projects.

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Awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from University of South Carolina School of Medicine

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International Efforts

National Brain Research Center

Global advocacy – With the increased life expectancy in India but little awareness about brain disorders and an absence of lobbying by scientists, there is a need for better advocacy by scientists in India. For this, I am part of IBRO India in collaboration and the National Brain Research Center (NBRC).

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I am also a dancer and I’ve been learning and performing Bharatanatyam – an ancient dance that originated in South India almost all my life.


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