Dr. Benveniste is a Professor of Anesthesiology at Yale. She received her Bachelors degree in Mathematics & Physics from Katedralskolen, Denmark, and went on to study at the University of Copenhagen, where she received her MD in 1989 and PhD (Doctor Medicinae) in 1991. As a Research Fellow, she trained in high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at Duke University Medical Center with Dr. G. Allen Johnson and developed techniques for brain imaging focused on neurodegenerative disease processes, including Alzheimer’s Disease. She went on to pursue her internship training in Family Medicine and her residency in Anesthesiology also at Duke University. Dr. Benveniste joined the faculty of Duke University's department of Anesthesiology in 1996, where she continued her work in developing diagnostic MRI based platforms for early detection of AD.
In 2001 Dr. Benveniste joined the department of Anesthesiology at Stony Book Medical Center as faculty and set up a preclinical MRI facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory; PET technology was integrated into her work to measure the bioavailability and pharmacokinetics of psychoactive compounds and anesthetic drugs. In 2015, Dr. Benveniste’s laboratory became involved with studies of the ‘glymphatic pathway’ which is a novel peri-vascular based system in the central nervous system involved in brain waste removal. Dr. Benveniste has received national and international recognition for her work. In November of 2016, Benveniste moved to Yale University, where she joined the Department of Anesthesiology and is expanding her research program in understanding how the glymphatic system and cerebrospinal fluid transport is affected in neurodegenerative disease states and aging.