Kevin M. Bennett, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiology

Research Centers:
Biomedical MR Center
Kevin M. Bennett, PhD, is an associate professor of radiology and a principal investigator in the Biomedical MR Center for Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Bennett is a biophysicist and engineer by training but has a broad interest in structural, functional and molecular imaging, and in physiology. Bennett’s lab develops new contrast techniques, agents and analytical tools using a range of radiological imaging modalities aimed at detecting pathologies at the earliest possible stage. With these tools and their physician collaborators, Bennett Lab members perform basic scientific investigations to bring new technologies to the clinic through translational studies. Their most recent efforts have focused on providing in vivo maps of kidney structure and function at the scale of individual nephrons and linking observed changes in imaging to detect progression of kidney disease. The lab continues to work toward three-dimensional integration of imaging biomarkers derived from their tools, which are enhanced by data science collaborators on their team. The lab’s work has led to a number of new scientific, clinical and commercial initiatives supported by both private foundations and companies and the National Institutes of Health.

Research Interests

developing imaging tools to non-invasively measure kidney structure and function

Link to Publications

Education History


Postdoctoral training, IRTA Fellow, National Institutes of Neurological Disease and Stroke (NIH)


Medical College of Wisconsin


Milwaukee School of Engineering


American Physiological Society
American Society of Nephrology
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine


2019 Distinguished Investigator Award, The Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research
2016 Outstanding Teaching Award, Paul C. Lauterbur Research Center for Biomedical Imaging
2015 Summa Cum Laude Merit Award, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
2004 Young Investigator Award, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine