Dale J. Benos

79th APS President (2006-2007)
Dale J. Benos
(1950 - 2010)

Dale J. Benos is Endowed Professor of Physiology and Biophysics and Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, AL. He received a BA degree in Biology from Case Western Reserve University and his PhD in Physiology and Pharmacology at Duke. He was an Andrew W. Mellon Scholar in the Laboratory of Human Reproduction and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, where he was both Assistant and Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. After moving to the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1985, he was appointed Senior Research Scientist in the Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center, Senior Scientist in the Nephrology Research and Training Center, and then in 1987 was appointed full Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. Benos became Chair of the department in 1996. He has subsequently obtained Senior Scientist positions in the UAB Center for AIDS Research, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center, and the Center for Computational and Structural Biology. Benos also holds secondary faculty status in the Departments of Cell Biology and Neurobiology. In 2005 he was named UAB�s first holder of the Endowed Professorship in Physiology.

Benos' research interests include mechanisms of cation transport across epithelial and cellular membranes: developmental aspects of ionic transport and metabolic function in preimplantation mammalian embryos and cultured neural and epithelial cell lines; isolation, reconstitution, and molecular biology of Na+ and Cl- channels from epithelial membranes, including kidney, lung, and trachea; pathogenesis of AIDS Dementia Complex; ion channels and brain tumors. He has authored over 200 original articles and 80 invited reviews, as well as edited four books. He has been the Principal Investigator for 19 individual research grants, and he has a patent pending for research efforts involving inhibition of inward sodium currents in human cancer.

In addition to his research efforts, Benos has been a visiting professor, distinguished lecturer, or invited speaker at more than 100 major national and international universities or symposia, chairing seven Experimental Biology symposia. Benos has been a member of eight NIH special study sections, an ad hoc reviewer for seven NIH/CF study sections, and chaired multiple site visits and special emphasis panels. He has been a member of or chaired over 50 major committees at Harvard and UAB, including Curriculum Design and Faculty Development at Harvard, Harvard�s Committee on Postdoctoral Fellows, Dental Curriculum Re-Design at UAB, UAB Medical Center Strategic Planning, UAB Medical Education Committee (serving in several capacities including Chair), Minority Medical Education Program, Alabama State Education Task Force, UAB Research Foundation Funding Flow Task Force, chairing several scientific misconduct inquiry and investigation committees, as well as serving on or chairing several chair search committees. Benos presently serves on two editorial boards (American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology and SHOCK); just completed six years as a section editor for Biochemica et Biophysica Acta (Biomembranes); a series editor for "Current Topics in Membranes"; and an associate editor for Journal of Biological Chemistry. He is currently editor of APS' "Physiology in Medicine" series that is published in Annals of Internal Medicine. He is a past associate editor, as well as editor-in-chief, for American Journal of Physiology: Cell Physiology. He has served as editorial board member for Journal of American Society of Nephrology, Placenta, Biological Research, Current Cardiology Reviews, and for almost 20 years on the board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. He was also associate editor for Comments on Molecular and Cellular Biophysics. He has mentored 14 undergraduate students, eight graduate students, 34 postdoctoral fellows, and numerous summer students in his laboratory. Benos has lectured in 29 different graduate courses at Duke University Medical School, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He was also a guest lecturer in medical physiology at the Medical University of South Carolina, SUNY at Stony Brook, Tulane, and University of Arkansas. Benos has been a two-time nominee for an Excellence in Teaching award from Harvard and was a nominee for the Argus Award for Best Small Group Leader in the Medical Physiology course at UAB.

Benos became a member of the APS in 1982. He has held many positions in the Society, e.g., Councillor, Chair of the Awards Committee, Chair of the Joint Managing Board (IUPS and APS), and Chair of the Publications Committee. Because of his experience as Chair of the APS Publications Committee, he has developed several courses at UAB addressing ethics in publications. In particular, his seminar series for the Short Term Training Program at UAB is mandatory for all medical and dental students who participate in summer research programs. In addition to his APS service, Benos has been active in other professional societies, including, Council of Science Editors, Society of General Physiologists, The American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, The American Society of Nephrology, Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology, Society of Neuroscience, New York Academy of Sciences, the Biophysical Society, and the American Society of Cell Biology.