Education and Training Steering Committee

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of cancer research. Our six research programs are organized into three main areas: basic science, translational science, and cancer prevention and control. To learn more about these programs, click on the links below.

Basic Science Research Programs
Inflammation, Immunology & Immunotherapeutics
Cancer Cell Biology

Translational Science Research Programs
Experimental Therapeutics

Cancer Prevention and Control Research Programs
Cancer Chemoprevention
Cancer Control and Population

Tika Benveniste, Ph. D.
Senior Associate Dean for Research Administration, School of Medicine
Associate Vice President for Medicine and Basic Sciences
Charlene A. Jones Endowed Chair in Neuroimmunology
Professor,  Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology
Co-Director, UAB Multiple Sclerosis Center
Associate Director, Basic Science Research, Comprehensive Cancer Center

Pran Datta, Ph. D.
Professor and Director of Research
Division of Hematology & Oncology
Director, T32 on Basic and Translational Research in Oncology

Helen Krontiras, M.D.
Medical Director of the UAB Multidisciplinary Breast Clinic
Co-Director of the Lynne Cohen Preventive Care Program for Women’s Cancers
Co-Director of the Breast Cancer Prevention and Risk Assessment Clinic
Director, Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program

Karen Meneses, Ph. D., R.N.
Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
Co-Director of the PhD in Nursing program
School of Nursing
Co-Leader, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Multiple Principal Investigator, R25 Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program

Isabel Scarinci, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Faculty Development – Division of Preventive Medicine
Associate Director for Globalization and Cancer, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center

Mansoor Saleh, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director, Phase I Program of the Comprehensive Cancer Center
Director, Phase I Clinical Program within the Clinical Center for Translational Science
Medical Director, UAB Clinical Trials Office

Robin Lorenz, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pathology
Director, Medical Scientist Training program (MSTP)
Associate Dean of Physician Scientist Development

Smita Bhatia, M.D.
Professor & Vice Chair of Outcomes for Pediatrics
Director of the School of Medicine Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship
Associate Director for Outcomes Research, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Associate Director, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education

Ryan Outman
Deputy Director
UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education
Administrative Director, CCTS Academy

Ryan Chambers
Assistant Director for Research Administration

Lalita Shevde-Samant, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pathology
Director, Cancer Biology Theme, Graduate Biomedical Sciences
Associate Director for Education & Training, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center