Kanita Beba, MD
Dr. Beba obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Cell and Molecular Neuroscience from the University of Florida, during which time she obtained grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to pursue research in Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome. She had been interested in the research aspect of neurodegenerative disorders even prior to college, but it was during her undergraduate work and shadowing of Dr. Kenneth Heilman that she decided to pursue medicine, and specifically Neurology. She obtained her MD from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and worked in Dr. David Borchelt’s lab on SOD1 mutations in ALS. Kanita’s research interests include dementias, and specifically the role chronic sleep deprivation may play in the etiology of neurodegenerative disorders. In her spare time she likes to exercise, sing, and play the violin. She has played the violin for the past 22 years and has played in various orchestras throughout that time, including being the concertmaster of the Pinellas Youth Symphony.