Benjamin B. Benjamin has received his MD, PhD in pathophysiology and MMed in Internal Medicine from the Bukarest Medical Institute (Romania), MSc in Cardiology and PhD in Cardiology at the Free University of Brussels (Belgium). He is a former Fulbright Scholar and visiting Professor in Clinical Pharmacology/Hypertension at the Institute of Lipid research, Baylor College of medicine, Houston (USA). He served for 30 years as chief of cardiology, Executive Dean of Faculty of Medicine and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. He is a member of 30 scientifi c societies, including: American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and American College of Cardiology, European Society of Cardiology and Pan-African society of Cardiology. He obtained a certifi cate in cardiovascular Epidemiology (Netherlands), Ethics (NIH), Bioethics (Oklahoma University) and Molecular genetics (Belgium, Italy). His original research was focused on elucidating the pathophysiological mechanisms of toxic myocarditis and immune-allergic cardiomyopathies.
From 1980s until present, most of his research works are related to inflammatory states, oxidative stress, molecular biology, genetics, biomarkers and environmental impacts in Atherosclerosis, HIV/AIDS-related cardiac lesions, deafness (discovery of genes) and co-expression of genes in Pancreas. In addition to his role as clinician, lecturer, academic leader mentor, WHO expert and UN/Climate change Expert, he has been a very productive scientist: Supervisor of more than 10 PhD theses, 25 MSc theses, and 100 mini-dissertations, and over 300 papers published under his supervision. He is currently Research Champion Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa.