PhD, Rockefeller University. Scientist, Hunter College, City University of New York Graduate Centre. Scientific appointments, American Museum of Natural History, Weill Cornell Medicine. Joint appointments reflect interdisciplinary research, which goes from "mollusks to medicine," combining chemistry and biology to discover, characterize and deliver novel peptides from venomous marine snails to manipulate cellular physiology in pain and cancer. Laboratory investigates the power of venom to transform organisms and to transform lives when it is adapted to create therapeutics for treating human diseases and disorders. Co-Founder, Killer Snails, an award-winning education technology (EdTech) learning games company with the mission to make science accessible by bringing it out of the laboratory and into classrooms, living rooms and boardrooms. Actively involved in science education, advancing the public understanding of science and science diplomacy. Awards: World Economic Forum Sustainability Pioneer and New Champion Scientist, Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, NSF CAREER Award, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, NAS Arab-American Frontiers Fellow, AAAS S&T Policy Fellow. Member: Council on Foreign Relations, American Association for the Advancement of Science.