Community Service


Met with the editorial board of in Washington, DC, to review website usage analytics with a view to increasing readership, and best practices to get engagement from readers.


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.

11/2015 – Present

Member of the ILAE/AES Translational Research Task Force. Because discoveries made in animal studies often fail to translate into clinically relevant therapies, 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 drafted 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

12/2013 - 12/2014

Newsletter writer and editor for Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS)

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.

08/2005 - 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

05/2004 - 07/2005

As an administrator at the Animal Help Foundation in Gujarat, India, organized fundraising events and activities to increase public awareness about animal cruelty