Andrew Bennett

Andrew Bennett
330 North Orchard Street
Madison WI 53715
Room 2110

Years at WID

2015 - present


Andrew Bennett came to The University of Wisconsin-Madison to pursue a Ph.D. after researching viral immunology at Drexel University, and then emerging infectious disease ecology at Tulane University. His research has taken him to Sierra Leone, Peru, Uganda, and Mexico. Ask him about how he ranks the cuisine. It may surprise you.


B.S., Cornell University

Research Description

Andrew Bennett’s research investigates the ecology and epidemiology of emerging viral zoonoses. He seeks to understand the upstream drivers of emerging infections through the study of viral dynamics in human and animal populations. Andrew has worked to improve differential diagnostics for hemorrhagic fevers and respiratory illnesses in West Africa and Latin America, and currently researches the ecological dynamics of emerging viruses in African bat populations. He has a a passion for capacity building in resource-limited settings, and experience implementing advanced laboratory diagnostics, as well as safe and effective surveillance methods, for a broad range of high-impact viruses in the developing world.

Selected Publications

  • Goldberg T.L., et al. 2014. Fatal Metacestode Infection in Bornean Orangutan Caused by Unknown Versteria Species. Emerging infectious diseases. 20, 109.
  • Cross R., et al. 2014. Old world hantaviruses in rodents in New Orleans, Louisiana. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 90, 897-901.
  • Bond, N. et al. 2013. A historical look at the first reported cases of Lassa fever: IgG antibodies 40 years after acute infection. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 88, 241-244.
  • Razuri H., et al. 2012. Population-based active surveillance cohort studies for influenza: lessons from Peru. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 90, 318-320.
  • Tokarz, R. 2012. Genomic analysis of two novel human enterovirus C genotypes found in respiratory samples from Peru. Journal of General Virology.
  • Jiang, J., Bennett A.J., et al. 2010. Enhancement of virus-specific expansion of transgenic CD8 T cells in aged mice by dendritic cells. Mechanisms of ageing and development. 131, 580-583.
  • Jiang J., Bennett A.J., 2009. Limited expansion of virus-specific CD8 T cells in the aged environment. Mechanisms of ageing and development. 130, 713-721.
  • Jiang, J., Bennett A.J., et al. 2007. Aged Micro-environment Severely Impairs Specific CD8 T Cell Response to Virus Infection. The Journal of Immunology. 178, S122.