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Mariko L. Bennett, MD, PhD
Mariko L. Bennett, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology

Dr. Mariko Bennett's work is dedicated to improving therapies for children with acquired and genetic neuroimmunological conditions. Her research lab focuses on understanding the function of glia in health and disease and, in particular, how to use microglia targeting for pediatric brain disease.



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Dr Bennett is an attending physician in the Division of Neurology and Leukodystrophy Center of Excellence. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Mariko Bennett lab, a diverse, basic and translational research group focused on understanding the role of glia in health and disease - with the goal of bringing glia-based therapies to patients. She completed her undergraduate degree at Northeastern University, then her MD/PhD studies at Stanford in the lab of Ben Barres, where she defined the transcriptional identity of microglia and the contribution of brain environment and cell ontogeny on this identity. During her child neurology residency at CHOP, Mariko worked in the Song-Ming lab at Penn, where she studied how endogenous anti-viral properties of microglia limit therapeutic targeting.


Education and Training

Bachelor of Science, Northeastern University (Behavioral Neuroscience), 2007

Doctor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2018

Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University School of Medicine (Neuroscience), 2018


Titles and Academic Titles

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology

Attending Physician, Leukodystrophy Center of Excellence

Professional Awards

NIH Director's Early Independence Award, 2023

Senior Resident Award, 2020

Pioneer Award Myelin Repair Foundation, 2011

Howard Hughes Medical Foundation Medical Scholar, 2010