Departments & Organizations
Middle East Studies
Research Scientist in the Department
of Neurology and the Center for Neuroscience and Regeneration Research, and the Rehabilitation
Veterans Administration Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, Connecticut.
After earning a B.S. (1977) and M.S. (1982) degrees from the
of Beirut, Lebanon,
I earned my doctorate degree in 1990 from the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental
Biology (MCDB) program at the Ohio State University,
My research focuses on the role of voltage-gated sodium channels in inherited and acquired pain disorders. I have been investigating the effect of mutations on biophysical properties and trafficking of sodium channels, leading to regulation of neuronal excitability. I have also investigated modulation of sodium channels by post-translational modifications (phosphorylation) and by interaction with cytosolic protein partners.
I serve on the editorial boards of The Journal of Neuroscience, The Open Pain Journal, The Open Drug Discovery Journal, and the journal Pain Research and Treatment. I have also served as an adhoc reviewer on VA and NIH study sections and for national and international funding agencies, and for several scientific publications. I am a member of the Society for Neurosciences, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Education & Training
|PhD||Ohio State University (1990)|
|MS||The American University of Beirut, Biology (1982)|
|BS||The American University of Beirut, Biology (1977)|
Editororial board The Open Pain Journal
Editorial board The Open Drug Discovery Journal
Editorial board Pain Research and Treatment
Associate Editor/Cell and Molecular Biology The journal of Neuroscience (2010)
Guest Editor Neuroscience Letters (2009 - 2010)
Review Editorial Board: Frontiers in Pharmacology of Ion Channels and Channelopathies (2012)
Member of the Merit review panel for Medical Research Service (Neuro C), Department of Veterans Affairs, USA (2012)