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The Sontag Foundation Scientific Advisor Etty (Tika) Benveniste Ph.D.

Etty (Tika) Benveniste, Ph.D.

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Sontag Scientific Advisor

Dr. Benveniste's research focuses on the ways cells of the immune system and the central nervous system communicate and interact. These studies have implications for autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease, and cancers such as brain tumors.

Dr. Etty (Tika) Benveniste was the founding chair of the Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology (2012-2016) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Benveniste also served as Chair of the Department of Cell Biology (2000-2012) and holds the Charlene A. Jones Endowed Chair in Neuroimmunology. In September 2015, Dr. Benveniste was appointed Senior Associate Dean for Research Administration at the UAB School of Medicine. Dr. Benveniste also holds professorships in the UAB Departments of Neurobiology and Neurology. Dr. Benveniste has served as the Director, Graduate Program in Cell Biology (1995-2000) and as Founding Associate Dean, Office of Postdoctoral Education (1999-2001). She became Associate Director, Basic Science Research, O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, in 2006 and Co-Director, UAB Multiple Sclerosis Center in 2015. She is a Past-President of the American Society for Neurochemistry (2015-2017) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Current Appointments
  • Senior Associate Dean for Research Administration, UAB School of Medicine
  • Associate Director for Basic Research, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Neurology
  • B.A. California State University, Chico
  • Ph.D., Immunology, University of California, Los Angeles