Shannon Bennett

  • Associate Curator
  • Microbiology
  • PhD

Dr. Bennett is the Academy’s first ever Associate Curator of Microbiology. In this new position, she will broaden the Academy’s research scope to include a dedicated focus on viruses and bacteria. Her specialty lies in infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

 

From 2004-2011, Bennett was an Associate Professor at the Asia-Pacific Institute of Tropical Medicine & Infectious Diseases, part of the School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. During her seven years at the Institute, she led a number of research projects on virus evolution, identification, and transmission with funding from the National Institutes of Health. She applies advanced technologies from genomics and bioinformatics to study dengue, hantavirus, influenza, and other viruses, and also bacteria such as leptospirosis and those found in mosquito vectors. She is especially interested in the nature of genetic mutations that give viruses the potential to cause epidemics or switch to new hosts.

 

Prior to her work in Hawaii, Bennett researched the dengue virus in Puerto Rico and parasitic roundworms in Texas and Vancouver. She received her B.Sc. from McGill University and her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of British Columbia.

Contact

Shannon Bennett, Ph.D

Associate Curator

Department of Microbiology

 

sbennett@calacademy.org

 

55 Music Concourse Drive

Golden Gate Park

San Francisco, CA 94118

 


Charlotte Pfeiffer

Research Program Coordinator

Department of Microbiology

 

cpfeiffer@calacademy.org

 

T (415) 379-5361

 

55 Music Concourse Drive

Golden Gate Park

San Francisco, CA 94118